What does it take to make a friend?
A normal question with not so normal answers in some cases.
One of these situations of not the usual answer happened to me
luckily not that long ago.
As some would suspect from my background, I am not the most open
person at times because of the kind of
work I did many
years ago - that work was in the justice system where one does not
necessarily develop a natural affinity to make friendships
Paint Everyone with the Same Brush?
But, one thing that should never be compromised is the ability to
give everyone a fair hearing without prejudice or malice.
In other words, do not paint everyone with the same brush
because of past circumstances.
I had occasion to be a vendor at a local market and during a lull in customers,
I took a walk around the rest of the craft show. I came across another
vendor who was displaying similar products and stopped in to preview his
As soon as I walked in his area, he came over and started to chat.
As he began to tell me about his work, I sensed that there was more
to his casual discussion than first appeared.
Sure, he was friendly and quite knowledgeable about his craft but there
was more to him than what first was presented.
Just As I Suspected
I began to ask him about what he did before he became an artisan
and learned what I had suspected.
He had been a . . . . .