There is something about being in a large gathering of people who have the same opinion or, at least, attitude about soul subjects. Our conference lasted 2 days, packed with well known speakers such as Wayne Dyer and Brian Weiss. Dr. Weiss was my primary interest. I have been able to relisten to them repeatedly over the USB port. Interests come up at different times during a life time. Maybe I wouldn’t have been interested in their topics 20 years ago. Both are very unique in their own fields.
It seems like a random happening with those you sit next to. But, that turns out to be very interesting because they each bring something to your life. Given a chance, you find out you have something in common with your shared seat person. I sat next to Cheri and Teena. Both tremendous “gals” and if we’d had more time to visit or “hang out”, we would have had a great time. Just given the small amount of time, it was fun knowing them and sharing their friendships.
Giving people a chance to get to know you and exchange ideas and feelings is probably a little of what life is all about. It has always been dangerous for me to “open” up and be vulnerable but it can always be learned. There are obvious dangers but it’s like knowing what and where the danger lies that can be determined as time goes along. Give what you can emotionally and maybe stretch it a little each time.
I am reminded of a little innocent girl who thought she was helping a man find his dog. She had always been told by her mother that a “stranger was a friend you haven’t met before.” She was found later, the victim of the stranger. These are extremes but it is a reality of life. Even if you don’t end up fighting for your life, you could be vulnerable with your beliefs.
I am rarely placed in a situation of complete strangers where you have to interact intimately. I would feel comfortable interacting to save someones life, feeling like a mama grizzly. But, put me in a room where I have to be emotionally vulnerable , I would be as stressed out as a goose trying to swim over mud. Why does life have to be so complicated? Do we all have a Woody Allen complex? I think the answer lies in exposure and repitition. If we are put in these group situations on a regular basis , we would learn the proper responses and it would become like second nature.
So, go forth, stretch yourself and get experience in situations which stress you the most. You have a choice. No one will judge you if you don’t “stretch”. We all have free will. But, if it bothers you and you have the strength to fix it, the best thing to do is just go for it.