How to turn ice to smithereens

Ice can always be broken. Photo credit to Alan Vernon
Ice can always be broken. Photo credit to Alan Vernon

First off, let me begin by saying that the word “Smithereens” is rather a fantastic word.

Second off (if that even counts as an expression), let me continue by saying that people are important. In fact, they are some of the most important things in our lives! We’re constantly surrounded by them: in our homes, schools, workplaces, roads, skies–people are almost literally everywhere. But go one step further.

Sure, people are everywhere. And sure they may be annoying at times. But stop. At any given moment, you are surrounded by souls, stories, smiles. That driver in the red Mazda 5 that passed to your left, and all 136 souls aboard that Boeing 737 overhead, and the 52 of them on that bus, and the 320 in your neighborhood all have an individual story, and an equally important lesson to teach. And it’s you who gets to choose who you want to tune in to. In a world where a simple smile and genuine interest in one’s life if enough to spur a conversation with some of the most incredible people in the world, we choose the alternate version of the world: one of tedium and annoyance. Of distraction and solitude. Sure, there’s no problem with that, but too much solitude can prove to be detrimental to our health.

So ‘ere we die of some kind of horrible solitude-induced….thing, let’s go out there! Find someone and talk. Be genuinely interested and let the ice melt.

|| Dedicated to the victims aboard Asiana Airlines Flight 214 and of Lac-Megantic, Canada ||


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