Image via Wikipedia "Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Others stay awhile,
make footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same."
When I first read the quote above, I thought, the author was referring to death, but then, as I read it again, I realized that death is not the only separation between friends and family. In the course of our life, (even though life is only the dash on your gravestone between your date of birth and your date of death, according to Eckhart Tolle)we naturally come in contact everyday with someone new, it can be a quick "Hi, nice to meet you," or it can be the beginning of a long standing friend or life partner. All of the connections should be made in the same way. I believe that it is important to treat everyone as if they will become your friend. Make no assumptions about what you see in their face. "It is not your business what others think of you", that is the greatest lesson I have ever learned, again from Eckhart Tolle. If you treat every person as though they are about to become your life long friend, you will have no regrets.
A life with no regrets should be the life we live everyday. Not to diminish that sentence with an old adage, but "make everyday the first day of the rest of your life." Make it a point to greet every person you meet, with the mind set already planted, that they will become your friend. Imagine, a world full of friends....WOW!