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When was the last time a stranger sparked an "ah-ha" moment?

Hillary Newman


A good friend once told me, "all you've got to do is show up". I've taken this advice to heart, and constantly remind myself of the potential opportunity to make a new friend, fall in love with a new restaurant or, learn something new.

In a related experiment, I challenged myself to talk to a stranger everyday for a month last year. There were definitely weird moments, but overall, it was a great challenge and confirmed that by making the effort to 'show up', amazing things can happen.

So, what was your last 'ah-ha' moment?

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  • Shári G. Lynch

    I love this sentiment and the overarching message that it suggests. I am definitely one who enjoys making eye contact with strangers and often smile when I pass someone on the street. For at least that fleeting moment, we've shared a positive and meaningful connection that could have otherwise been simply just another ordinary minute passing by, undistinguished from any other.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I recently met some GOOD members in person who I didn't know before. They gave me insights about our site- and it blew my mind. I felt so lucky to get their perspective. I think the more you put yourself out there and go to events where you know you'll meet likeminded people, the more likely you are to strike conversations that will lead to collaboratory moments- or insight that will change the way you think about the world.

  • Carolyn Sams

    Talking to strangers is a great one!

    This morning I was on a hike at Griffith Park and an older man (maybe in his 80s) asked if he could shake my hand. I said, sure!, and had a sweet moment of making a new friend on the trail. I then realized that he was also taking a photo of our long shadows from the early morning sun, and then asked my friend to shake his hand too. He said "wow, I'm really gonna have fun with this", looking down at his iPhone. When I came back down the hill, he was just 20 feet farther along the path, this time trying to look like his shadow was hugging the hill, so I helped him take a photo with his phone. The delight in his eyes! It was an ah-ha moment for sure.

    This morning reminds me of this Julia Cameron quote:
    Success or failure, the truth of a life really has little to do with its quality. The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.

    • Hillary Newman

      Love this moment. And thanks for sharing the quote-very fitting!