January 23, 2003.
A number of us learned a lesson long ago to never trust a stranger. We were taught to be on the "look out" for any potential trouble and to avoid people we did not know. Should we ever be approached by a stranger, we were instructed to go in the opposite direction. While this overly cautious approach may be sound advice for keeping small children out of harm's way, it isn't necessarily good advice for adults to follow.
But it looks like old lessons learned tend to hang around if you let them. If you have been conditioned to be wary of people you do not know, maybe it is high time to recondition yourself for success. Without a basic trust in people, we have a tendency to build up walls around us. If we truly want to get the most out of our lives, we need to tear down these walls and give the people around us a chance. Let's face it, people are the best thing about life and living. They really are! Without others with whom we can share our life adventures, our lives would hardly be worth living, wouldn't you agree?
Hey, will some of the people we associate with take advantage of us on occasion? Unfortunately yes. And will we sometimes get hurt by some of the people we know and trust? Yes again. But should we run and hide whenever and wherever we meet a so-called stranger? Of course not -- and here's why.
I'd like you to consider the following for a moment. How do you go about making friends? In all likelihood, you probably met someone at work or school or church and eventually got to know that person. Over time, your friendship grew and prospered. Some of the friendships you make with others last just a brief period of time while others are destined to last a lifetime. You will never know unless you're willing to take a chance on others.
No matter how many friends you have had and regardless of how you first met, each friend was initially a "stranger" to you, werent they? Have you ever had a good friend that wasn't at some time a total stranger to you? Of course not.
Just as you were taught long ago, I want to encourage you to be on the look out every day of your life. But instead of looking out for trouble as you were instructed as a youth, why not look for and find the good in people you are lucky enough to meet? Maybe you should even be on the look out for your next new friend. Who knows, that new friend just might be one of those total strangers you will meet today. In fact, that next new friend may be an old friend you have lost contact with over time.
Each and every one of us needs friends and there are so many potential friends out there. There are millions of really great people that you and I will never get to know or shake their hands and in a way, thats a shame.
Since you never, ever really know when or where your next friend is coming from, why not be on the look out and start looking for the good in all of those 'strangers' you meet every day!
The Bottom Line: Expect the best in people and youll get to meet some of the best people in the world.
TODAYS MOTIVATIONAL AND INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES
The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is the knack of getting along with people.
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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