The Challenge: Talk to a stranger. It's as simple as that. Have a conversation with a stranger; sometimes, a smile, or a word, can turn someone's day completely around.
Lately, I've been finding my thoughts going back to the 2004 episodic film Crash. The seemingly unrelated stories that tackle the issues of race left me with this lesson: we never truly know the stories that lie behind the mask. Daily we encounter dozens of people, unaffected by whatever joys or sorrows that may exist within their lives. Imagine what we could learn from one another if we just stopped and chatted. Imagine making small talk with the pimpled barista who makes your coffee every morning, or the homeless woman who sells newspapers outside of the metro station, or the man who works in the cubicle right next to you who's name you still do not know, despite working next to him for the past three years.
"What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” ~Kurt Vonnegut Jr
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