Reach out to a stranger…
There’s a bloke who frequents the top of the stairs of the Macarthur street exit of Parliament station every morning. His name is Bryce and he sells the Big Issue. He used to tend the door at the Windsor across the street; and no doubt has plenty of stories to tell.
There are plenty of people in the city who also sell the Big Issue and just like Bryce, they have just as many people saying hi, as people walking past them every day without acknowledging their “Hello’s” and “Good afternoon’s”.
I feel bad when I don’t have the cash on me to buy a copy or when I’ve already bought the latest issue, but I learned a while ago that it’s OK to stop and chat sometimes – just because.
I think a lot of people look down because they can’t buy a copy that day, or because they are in too much of a hurry, or maybe because they’re tight, or don’t like them.
Whatever the reason, maybe it’s time you got to know one of these people. You don’t need to invite them home for dinner, but perhaps you could spare a few words now and then.
I reckon it might benefit both of you :)