The Goodness of a Stranger


When I was a child my mom used to tell me “don’t talk to strangers.” So I obey her all the time thinking there are a lot of bad guys out there. But having so much trust issues with the people you meet lessen the possibility of having a lot of friends.

I used to think that people on the internet shouldn’t be trusted or befriended. But that thought changed when I started blogging and strangers will sometimes chat with me. There was also a time when I bought items online and set a meet up with the buyers which are really amazing strangers.

Giving a chance to a stranger means you’re giving a chance to a friendship.

I remember Jane introducing me to a pair of individual in these social circle of couchsurfing. Vas, her husband, told me not to be too shy which was the main reason why I avoided being too timid with other people. Thanks Jane and Vas!

I am really a timid person with meeting new people. And they get that impression of me being a suplada. Thank the universe that I overcome that (I think so, lels!). Because that’s when I met Joana which was by the way a friend I met on that couchsurfing circle and a new friend, who’s kind enough to share travel stories and some pasalubong from a recent trip. Thank you!

Some people will ask me how we met, who are our common friends, or do we really knew each other? But I guess that’s only for people who are not fond of meeting people beyond their circles.

This morning I overslept and rushed to get to work on time. And when I accepted the fact that I was going late, here comes a stranger offering a ride. She was working near my company and everyday we see each other but don’t know each other names.

So I was feeling blessed and accepted her genuine offer. I wasn’t late this morning if it wasn’t for this stranger who is kind enough to offer a ride.

Sometimes the universe will pop a stranger in front of you and it’s up to you if you will accept this stranger in your life.

Sabi nga nila, there’s always an exemption to the rule. Just always remember to feel that instinct in you.

Take care always my virtual friends!

5 thoughts on “The Goodness of a Stranger

  1. Great one šŸ™‚ It is a question of attitude I think. When you are open to new friendships and discoveries, you can meet the best people, would they be in 4 or 3 D šŸ™‚ In the Philippines, the kids and I got offered a ride many many times on our way to school. Something you d hardly see back in France. And even if someone offered you a ride, your instinct would tell you not to go for it, unless you really know the person. I guess we are far more cautious back home and trust less the people around us ..

    1. Thanks Estelea! I guess it’s in the culture of every country. I’m thinking there are some practices in France that you can’t also see in the Philippines. Looking forward to visit your country! šŸ™‚

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