See and Act

A little while ago I was getting some work done at a local cafe in town, when I saw someone who I wanted to introduce myself to walking by the store window.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m into my work, it’s really hard to get me out of what I’m doing. So, I was at this lovely little cafe in town and although I usually am deeply ingrained in my work, I always try to be aware of what’s going on around me. On this day I recognized someone who I’ve seen walking around town on many different occasions. I had also ran into him at some local stores, and restaurants. I don’t know why, but I never went up and introduced myself.

This day was different though, when he walked past the window it took me a few seconds to realize who I’d seen and then I told myself, “Not today, don’t be afraid, you might never see this guy again.” Next, I made a quick move, quickly dropped what I was doing, took my headphones off, and pretty much sprinted after this guy. Also leaving behind all of my stuff, including my laptop, headphones, book, and notebooks.

Before I get into the encounter though, I just want to say a few things, I had no idea who this guy was, what he did for a living or what was going to happen with me introducing myself. I just felt like I needed to, at least, say hi.

After finally catching up to him I stopped, a little bit worn out, but I told him that I had seen him so many times around town and I just wanted to finally introduce myself. The guys name was Joe and he owned a floral shop in town. He said with a chuckle and a smile, “Well yea man I own a business a few doors down and it’s nice to meet you man.” I sensed he was in a rush, so we parted ways. The conversation lasted less than a minute probably.

The cool thing though, with me starting my own business, I now know of another business owner I can go to and ask questions about what it’s like running a small business in town. I also know of a floral shop where I can get some flowers at in the future.

Before talking to him though… none of those things we’re a possibility.

Yeah, nothing absolutely “incredible” happened, but I found great value in that meeting with Joe. I learned a valuable lesson… Act, and act quickly or that opportunity might never come again.

“A ship is always safe on the shore – but that is NOT what it is built for.” – Albert Einstein


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