Gary and I individually are lovers of people, and without realizing it; we seem to work as a team.
We meet new people, ask questions, and they realize that we are genuinely interested in them. They come to understand that we are not just nosy people, but that we are just like a couple of puppies showing genuine affection for our fellow pack. Soon a party erupts.
The convenience store? Easy- a smile and an offer to split the lottery winnings will bring a smile in return as well as a sweet-short conversation.
Gary sees a young man wearing a military uniform-he slaps him on the back (a little too hard) and thanks them for their service. He sees a policeman, and shakes his hand and offers to pray for their safety. He sees a homeless man sitting on the steps of a church and circles the building to come back and give the person a 20. Sssh! Don’t tell him that I told you. He is very humble about that.
Me? I play with other people’s babes, and make friends in the bathroom. I offer other people bites of my food in a restaurant; as I moan about how delicious it is. Now tell me that doesn’t draw attention.
Together? We were standing in line for a trolley tour around the Grant’s Farm in Missouri last week. Gary started visiting with a couple in line from Minnesota. The wait was long, so by the time we loaded up, we were friends on Facebook with an invite to visit sometime.
We got on the trolley, and I introduced myself to the couple to my other side. They were from Denver, so we told them about our friend who pastor’s a large church there. They said that they had heard about it, and will make it a point to check it out.
We introduced them to Mr. and Mrs. Minnesota. Now there was a party of 6. The trolley ride was only 10 minutes. Imagine how big the party would have been if it were longer.
So what about the title of this post? Up and to the right.
In my Conversation on a Plane post, Mr. Window seat told me that life will take you up and down. But the downs don’t have to discourage you. Just like a business chart. As long as you are headed up and to the right- you are improving.
My life, as you know has had some major downs. But I keep getting back up to make the most of what I have. Thank you God.
So my vision is to head up and to the right,-and take as many as I can with me.