It was a simple conversation.
It started when I asked the couple in their sixties if I could help them find something in the large corridor of the hospital? They had that lost look on their faces.
In the course of the discussion they casually mentioned they had been at the hospital for twenty-nine days.
We talked further and I asked about how their family member was doing. “We’ve finally turned a corner and he is much better this week,” they said with soft smiles and grateful hearts.
They mentioned where they were from, what this experience had been like for them, and how they were holding up. We went our separate ways, all three of us changed somehow.
A brief exchange, and a human connection.
Opportunities for these kind of connections are all around us, every single day.
Open your eyes, make the eye contact, share the smile, ask the extra question. Be vulnerable.
It will be worth it for them, and for you.
Have you had such an encounter lately? How did it affect you? Tell us about it?