Discussion related to living as a Catholic in the single state of life. As long as a topic is being discussed from the perspective of a single Catholic then it will be on-topic.
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Chris , you would blend in very well here in NYC. Strangers usually don't talk to each, make eye contact and or say hello when they pass you. Unlike other places outside of the city where strangers say hello to each other or waves when driving by each other on a lazy country road. As a matter of fact, if strangers are too friendly and chatty here, many will seriously think they have a couple of screws loose. Really.
However, I don't want to give the impression NY is an unfriendly town. As you said, there are nice people here and with all our faults, people are genuine here. Few phonys. And New Yorkers are quick to jump in and help if someone's in trouble.
I think the easiest way to set someone at ease is to find some compliment about them, the setting or the day in general. It's pretty fun to make people smile!
So Yes Lady Dawn - I talk to pretty much everyone. I've met some of the most interesting people that way! I usually inject humor in some way - it's wonderful to make people laugh and/or smile. I find most people fascinating. I'm sure having had a career in sales helps me to not give it a second thought - I don't really even think about it, I just TALK.
TALK away, sister!!! People are blessed by those impulsive convos!
Yes, I strike up conversation frequently with both genders of any age. I have always had an outgoing personality so I have no issues with your topic. Some are receptive, some not.
I can recall meeting complete strangers at some of the events in Indianapolis. NO ONE is a stranger after meeting some of those folks!
back to your subject. Yes I talk to strangers. All my patients are strangers at the beginning of my shift and by the end of it, I don't know who is stranger!
i talk to people in the grocery store, both employees and patrons. When I am with Neill, we garnish alot of attention. Kids want to know why he wears a helmet and he s attracted to older people and girls with blonde hair. When I am alone, people ask me where is my son.
I like it when I am in the dressing room and women ask my opinion of their selections. I tell them take the first one and nix the rest and they appreciate the honesty. Well, most of the time!
That being said, I will admit that I was more likely to talk to strangers when I was younger. Heck, I would walk up to strangers in th grocery store and give out hugs. As an adult, I feel that I am a little more reserved. Although, there are plenty of hugs to go around to the right folks! I would never shun someone that starts up a conversation with me. However, I am a little more reserved when starting the conversations with strangers on my own.
Sing it, Sister!
Believe it or not, I too used to be very shy. Youth ministry broke me of that. But like you, my work experience in retail and sales have helped to snuff the rest of it out. Doing a good job depends on talking with strangers all the time.
My best advice for adding friends here on CM is to go to events and make your own! Be open and welcoming. Let people be who they are. And put all your trust in The Lord. It's really all up to Him!