August 8

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 8: “Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.”― Shirley MacLaine

I like people. I love to get to know someone and the conversations that can happen when two people are engaged in opening those doors.

Not any good at chit-chat or what I call “party talk.” It bores me to death!

I have made lifelong friendships with people in the grocery store or at yard sales and places others would not generally engage in conversation. An interesting face or a different kind of energy makes me intrigued by someone, so I will start a conversation. Sometimes it goes on for a  while and other times they look at me like I am from a far-distant planet.

It is all good. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I have fallen in love (and lust!) in the strangest of places and had wonderful times with total strangers when there was no social pressure to do so. I seldom go to social events, because I just don’t want to get caught up in the same conversation over and over again…
“Haven’t seen you in a while…what have you been up to?” or “We must get together and have lunch one day.” or “Call me and we will do something soon.” None of which ever happens nor do I really care. I really want to just tell them that if I have not made the effort to see them, it is because I don’t want to make the effort. Isn’t that more honest anyway?

I think so. And so I don’t go to a lot of the places where that is going to happen. Ugh! But I have never been afraid to meet new people and begin to have interesting conversations. If that does not happen, we just go our separate ways. Makes life so much more interesting, don’t you think?

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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