Every human connection, be it a fleeting bond or a lifelong commitment, starts from a Hello.
Have you ever wondered how many people have you met in your entire life so far? It’s impossible to keep track – a few thousand, perhaps?
There are more than seven billion people living on this Planet. Each with different character, quirks, values and habits. No two persons are the same – because each and every one of us is given free will to decide how we want to live our lives.
Everyone is given some leeway to chart their own destinies. Everyone is exposed to different preconditions and environments – these moulded them into who they are today.
What are the building blocks of a human mind?
A human mind is a complex territory, it is nothing but a fascinating hodgepodge of different things, an amalgamation of a person’s personal experiences, stacked on a domain constructed upon a person’s view of the world.
So powerful our mind is, that our interactions with the society, the way we treat others, and our daily actions and reactions, are all mere manifestation of the state of our mind.
Actions and reactions. How we treat others, is affected by what we have experienced as a human being.
Therefore, how a person treats you, tells a lot about what he has experienced in his life.
Every time we have a human encounter with a person who has been through a lot, we get to see his view of the world and of course the complex concoction that created who he is a person today, just by dissecting the way he treats us.
By having an emphatic pair of eyes, we can embark on a journey to his past, and draw lessons from what he had been through. Suddenly, his tragedies become relatable. His triumphs become something that we glorify – and feel somewhat envious about. His insecurities suddenly makes us feel less mystified by his over-sensitive nature – we become understanding and more discerning.
We eventually learn to treat a person, not based on what our experience tells us, but with a solid understanding of what the other party is like.
We become kinder.
Everyone has their life stories to tell.
What we need to do is, for every encounter, listen to what the other party has to say.
Dissect their reactions. Study their actions. That way, we’ll find out that with every encounter, good or bad, and with each Hello, we get to take a peek into yet another human’s soul.
No Hello is in vain. No relationship is completely futile. No friendship is worthless. The least that these human connections do is, they allow us to look beneath a person’s skin, right into his soul. Their experiences become ours. The travails that moulded them, that turned them into an angel, or morphed them into a devil, become important lessons to us too.
And when the time Goodbye is said, we know, deep in our hearts, that we have become a much richer person.