I went on a run Friday morning.
I have hardly been running these days, but that is not what I came to write about.
As I shuffled my feet, I crossed paths with an older man walking with a camera that had a huge lens slung over his shoulder. He wore a utility vest and hat. I guessed that he was a birdwatcher/photographer.
Before I had a chance to smile, he enthusiastically said “Hello!”
I replied, “Hi!” with more than six feet between the two of us.
Then I was surprised because he continued:
“How are you?”
“Good, thanks. How about you?”
I was clearly running slow enough where there was time for this exchange. It was a pleasant surprise.
Often times when I am out walking or running in the neighborhood, if I am not going by a neighbor I already know, the other person usually looks away or doesn’t say anything.
Just the simple interaction with this stranger made my morning.
Never forget how the little things can make a difference — for yourself, and for others.