Let People Know You're There
It’s Saturday and I went to the college campus to work on my blog. Booths were being set up for an event. I went to the library to use the computers. After internet surfing I took a walk around the campus. While I was walking I heard bagpipes playing
I walked to the booths and asked someone about the event. A lady told me it was International Day at the college. Then I asked her how much the coffee costed. She said I was at the student volunteer booth and the coffee was for people working the event. I thanked her and walked to the main platform.
There was music playing in a European language. I saw
people in costumes. I took a guess they were traditional clothes from the
countries their families were from. I watched as 20 people named different
countries. The music changed each time. When I left to go back to the library
there were more people going on stage. Who would have thought there’s a Global
Village in this farm town!
- I thought to myself, how can people from so many cultures live here and get along with each other?
Then I remember running into my Cousin Ester the other day. She has a learning disability.
She’s 50 years old and told me her high school graduation is nest month, then she’s going to college. She never stops trying. If it wasn’t for her learning disability she would be in business for herself and not be collecting SSI.
Ester is my favorite Cousin!
We went across the street to get some breakfast. On the way there we saw some street people who looked like a rough crowd. They all Smiled at Ester, gave her a hug and started talking to her. She invited me to her church one Christmas and they had a rehab center there. I figured that’s how they knew her.
I would have normally walked past them but Ester introduced me and said I was her cousin. They said hello, and like magic, I was their friend too.
- Back to the Question-How so many people from different cultures live together and get along?
A couple weeks ago I was watching a National Geographic program on homesteaders. One homestead was having a problem with bears and cougars on their land. The guys helping them worked with a woman who was afraid. They got her a firearm she could actually shoot and told her she needed to start shooting her gun and walking a perimeter so the predators would know she was there too.
You have to let people know you’re there.
I was a Construction Worker and Commercial Fisherman. An injury on a fishing boat in Alaska forced me into early retirement. Now I'm a Writer and Blogger. Having to start over forced me to realize people are more than their job title.Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/Bllevins
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