Guess who I came across today? Subway Sam! As I was out and about buying my weekly groceries early this morning I spotted him near the same coffee/espresso stand I saw him at a week or two ago. This time I was ready. I pulled into the parking lot and bought him a hot cup of cocoa, since that was what he prefers. And I gave it to him and wished him a Happy New Year. And boy....did it ever feel goooooooooooood!!
Oh...and I've been carrying out my promise to myself...well, actually, to the Lord...about stepping out of my comfort zone at church once again. As I was sitting in a pew with my husband and son last Sunday, I noticed a woman walking down the aisle to a pew she and her husband have been sitting in for several months now. As I listened to Dear Hubby and our son chatting with half an ear, my eyes glued to this lady, I suddenly leaned across them and said, "I'm stepping out of my comfort zone again," and left them sitting there, mouths agape and conversation stopped dead as they watched me head off to speak to the woman. She was sitting there searching thru her purse as I approached so she didn't notice me right away. I spoke up, "Good morning!" Her head snapped up and she reached out her hand to me, clasping it and pulling me down beside her on her pew. "Good morning to you!" she said back, and away we went, getting acquainted and finding out we might have enough in common to even become friends! In fact, as the music began playing a prelude as the church service was beginning, I told her I'd better get back to my husband and son. And she grabbed my hand again and said, "Why, I don't even want to let you go, you're so much fun to talk to!" Now, I ask you...who was more blessed, her or me?! And the next day, when my son called to talk to me about something, he told me, "Mom, when you went to speak to that lady yesterday I was so proud of you!" Because, you see, that just doesn't happen enough at our church. It's one of the things that really, really bothers me. And that is one of my main New Year's resolutions, so to speak, to greet anyone new and even some of those I've never spoken to who've been there for years! I am NOT going to continue sitting there just taking up space. This is not an easy thing for me, either. Not easy at all. But one thing it's doing for me is giving me confidence to reach out again because so far every effort I've put forth has been received so nicely by everyone I've approached. And rejection? Well, I'm sure there'll be someone somewhere along the line who doesn't appreciate my coming up and invading their 'space'...but that will be their problem, not mine.