Monday, May 4, 2009

To See the Other...

The other day I was crossing the busy street corner where I live, and noticed a young woman waiting for the light to change. She had the most striking bluish-purple hair. Yet, she was standing with her head down as if she was afraid to be noticed.

As I approached her, her head lifted. I looked her right in the eyes, smiled and said, "Your hair is beautiful." She smiled back, a smile that said, "Thank you for noticing me."

We don't take enough time to notice people. Particularly if you live in a city, a North American city, you probably keep your head down or your gaze averted from the eyes of others. I'm the opposite. I like to people watch. I like to look at others as I pass them on the street. I use discretion of course, but generally find it to be a safe experience. People want to be seen. We all just want to be seen.

So, be aware of this today as you go about your daily business. Look people in the eye. Smile. Nod your head as if to say, "Hello there, I see you." And notice what happens.

tall penguin


Gayle said...

I totally agree -- we don't see each other enough, especially the person as opposed to the things. I think that as consumerism begins to combust we will start to see each other again.

tall penguin said...

I hope you're right, Gayle. I hope you're right.