Behind a Stranger’s Eyes?

How many people do you meet, pass, see, or speak to in a day? A dozen? A hundred? More? How well do you know yourself?

We know others even less than we know ourselves, and strangers we know not at all. What are they thinking? What are they feeling? We really have no idea.

We can make general assumptions based upon the expressions on their faces, their posture, their demeanor, their gait, their words. However, we never really know what is going on in their heads, do we? They might have just won the lottery. Or had a loved one pass away. Or had a child call to say “I love you.” Or been diagnosed with a chronic illness. We never really know.

What does this mean for how we conduct our lives on a daily basis?

If possible, try to avoid making assumptions, leaping to conclusions, coming to unfair judgments. Is it doable to keep an open, but wary, mind toward strangers? Don’t assume they mean you ill, but don’t assume they would never try to hurt you. Always be aware of your surroundings. Notice details. Be helpful and supportive to those you know. Try to be kind to everyone while reducing potential risk to you. Listening to the words of this Who song really made me think about those people around us we “see”, but don’t really see. Just some thought-provoking remarks today.

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