Can Just Walking Down the Street Be an Opportunity to Connect? Daniel Koren Thinks We Miss a Lot – and We Agree.

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Picture this: you’re walking down the street when another person steps onto the sidewalk. As you walk on, you notice that you and he are walking the same speed. Unconsciously, your steps start to synchronize, and now you’re walking together. A sidelong glance tells you he realizes this as well, and it’s then you decide to walk a little faster. So does he. You’re still walking together, but you’re moving at a breathless pace. You don’t run; neither does he. But if you walk that little bit faster, that little bit busier, it’s your accomplishment for the day – you have beat him.

Sounds ridiculous, but we’ve all had that moment. At least we have. Enter Daniel Koren, whose powerful reflection on this moment is embedded below, asking very simply: are we scared of connecting, really, with this person? We’re inclined to think “yes.” Reevaluate your daily stroll with the video!

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.