Does it cost you anything to be nice? No. When you give a stranger a smile, it can be the opening to a new friendship. If you lend a helping hand, you learn what it means to meet the needs of others. People who always have a smile on their face, or who are the first to lend a hand, are the kind of people everyone wants to know. Why? Because they engage in friendliness!
Engage in Friendliness
If we each have one or two close friends in life, we are fortunate. These friends are the type of people who would do anything for us, and we would do the same in return. They are the very people who we feel safe to share our deepest thoughts, dreams and concerns. But, that relationship with one’s closest friend first started with the two of you being strangers. One of you engaged in friendliness toward the other, and from there the relationship blossomed.
Think of the possibilities, if you were to engage in friendliness with others. You just might meet the love of your life. Or, you might make a business connection that brings you both great success. It all starts with a smile, a handshake, and a sincere desire to get to know the other person. That is how one can engage in friendliness. The picture, associated with this post, came from a conference I attended in Chicago, back in 2017. At that conference, I met several of these folks for the first time. With others, it was a great time to reunite. I use this occasion as an example, because, had I never engaged in friendliness, I never would have met these wonderful friends.
So, step outside of your comfort zone. Open your heart to new relationships and see who God places in your path. Engage in friendliness and see what happens next. You just might experience happiness, success, love and more. Go for it!
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Photo owned by Virginia Lieto. From left to right are fellow authors and members of the Catholic Writers Guild: Jeannie Ewing, Cathy Gilmore, Nancy Ward, Teresa Jones Hurst, Colleen Rooney, Virginia Lieto, Dawn Grimes, Deanna Klingel, and Michael Fraley.