Thursday, April 12, 2007

Random Smiles

While riding the subway today, I made a point of making eye contact with people and smiling. I was amazed to see how people responded. Everyone smiled back. And as our eyes locked in that brief moment, there was this unspoken joy, this appreciation for being seen. We don't often stop and really see people do we? I wish we all did that more. I think it would make the world a better place.

tall penguin


heart2heart said...

It is really amazing how little we actually notice the other people around us who share our space, our city, our world... usually it is only to notice our differences, what sets us apart... we really should make the effort to connect to others, even in this small way of a little smile... I imagine those people thought about it later too and another smile crossed their face!

tall penguin said...

Well said Jess. It is truly amazing what you can see when you make that intimate contact with another. In that instant all that separates us disappears. It's a very sacred moment.

Eva Kopie said...

I'm sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I'm finishing up a hard semester in school right now. I saw you've read God Delusion, I haven't read that yet but I think I will. I just finished Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and I underlined the whole thing. Her story of being raised to love her own oppression as a Muslim and how she eventually lost her faith and now regards Islam as a great evil in the world, it's right on, I get it--you might check it out. She's envigorating. Let's talk more, I'll email you soon.