A fleeting glance, a smile in passing, the briefest exchange of words; we connect with those around us more than we realise.
Lately, I've found myself recalling a number of special moments. I'm not talking about memories made with friends or loved ones but rather the briefest of moments shared with a stranger, or with someone I know only vaguely. As much as some people believe us to be in control of who we connect with, I can't help but disagree. Sometimes when you're introduced to someone new, your eyes meet and you just know. It could be chemistry, it could be respect and admiration or you might just understand each other on a level you haven't quite worked out yet. But there's some spark, some distinct connection almost immediately that can't be ignored. And though you may not register it at the time, your recollection of it later will help you to understand its significance.
It just amazes me; that you can share a moment with someone, to then later remember it again and again, a small smile playing repeatedly on your face. I just think it's lovely. Because despite our different journeys and experiences, we have this innate longing to share with one another and to learn from each other. Granted, perhaps not all the time. But certainly sometimes.
So that smile you exchanged with the stranger on the tube, that brief moment of eye contact with the attractive person on the other side of the escalator, even that 2-minute conversation with the barista, could have had more of an impact than you realise. And not just for them but for you. Though you might not be a particularly affectionate or social person, we all crave interaction in our own way, it's what keeps us feeling grounded and appreciated. So later on, no doubt you'll recall that exchange when you least expect it - but when you most need it.
And when you feel that connection, don't let it slip between your fingers. Be guided by your instinct, be confident in your communication and if nothing else, pop the memory in your back pocket for a smile or two later on. You never know, you could have just met your new best friend, love interest or mentor. No two people meet by accident, everything happens for a reason.