Volunteered to work the Toastmasters booth at the Washington County Fair booth for much of the afternoon and evening, which gave me a unique view.
The O-Gee donut booth was across from the Toastmaster booth at the county fair. This was my view. For six hours my view did not change.
But something else did change. What changed was all the people who crossed between me and the donut shop. There were exasperated parents, strutting teenagers, smiling couples, single folks, groups of girls, groups of boys, and dads pushing strollers.
There were people eating noodles, ice cream, elephant ears, hot dogs, french fries, and turkey legs. There were people drinking lemonade, soda, water, and beer.
There were friendly people, crabby people, skinny people, chubby people, tall people, not-so-tall people, asian people, hispanic people, caucasian people, and african-american people.
I watched, literally, thousands of people pass, some willing to stop and say ‘hello’, most going about their lives.
Like my view of the fair, we all have a view of the world. Our commutes are consistent. We work in the same office. We go to the same school. Everyday we look at that world. And, for many of us, we think it never changes. But it does change.
Everyday it is different. Everyday new people pass us by. Everyday right in front of our eyes, the world changes.
And those people are opportunities. For us, every single person that passes by represents a chance for us to do something good in the world. We can help them if we choose to, or we can ignore them.
Our view is always changing. It is up to us to see it.