Meeting someone new could change the course of your life!
Which can literally change the course of history. A momentary meeting, where eyes meet and someone offers a comment or question, not knowing if their offering will be accepted. Perhaps it starts with a letter, a comment online or a phone call, but someone takes action, and someone responds. The future unfolds in a new way.
In Do Talk To Strangers I’ve shared so many stories, with a variety of outcomes. One is the story of how I met Sam Cawthorn, who’s since become a friend – and an inspiration. He shared this story with me recently –
“I exist because strangers connected on the other side of the world.
50 years ago a Scottish born Australian student was working in India. He saw a young Indian woman on the street and approached her. She had been studying in England and she come back to India during her semester break.
Her father had tried to arrange her marriage for years, but this Scottish Australian boy came up to her, and spoke to her and it was love at first sight. Her family disowned her because she fell in love, and wanted to marry this white Scottish Australian boy. Her parents did not talk to her for months. Finally, on the marriage day after 4hrs of waiting at the altar, her father walked into the church chapel and gave his daughter away.
After their first child was born in India, they migrated to Australia & this was the start of a family of 13. I am number 9, 3rd youngest. I have 33 nephews and nieces and we are a family of extraordinary proportions. My brother runs a mega church in Perth Western Australia, my sister runs a charity in India helping hundreds of slum kids and I have reached in 8 months, 65 million people through my positive message. This was all from my father walking across the street and talking with a stranger!
It reminded me – if a certain nurse who “wouldn’t marry a farmer, or a man with curly hair” hadn’t met a curly haired farmer and married him, I wouldn’t exist either. Then there’s my Grandfather, who wouldn’t have survived WW2 without the kindness of strangers – the Papuan people known as the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels.
Consider your history – how did you parents or grandparents connect?
When have you talked to a stranger and potentially changed the course of history?
Live with no regrets! If you want to go and say hi to someone – DO!
DO Talk to Strangers – in bookstores nationally from 1 Dec – ask your local!