I’m working on my laptop at my favorite coffee shop, House of James, and I look up to see a young boy (about 10 years old) walk up to a good looking college guy who’s working on his laptop. They seem to know each other. The young student stops what he’s doing and looks up to focus only on the boy.
As they talk I can’t help but hear their conversation (they’re at the next table). It’s not just “Hi. How are you?” They’re talking about real-life stuff. And I wonder if the young guy dressed in jeans and a bright red t-shirt with “Iginla 12” on his back realizes how much of an impact he’s probably having on the boy. Or if this is a conversation that the boy will reflect on as significant when he gets older.
It doesn’t matter how old we are, we all mentor everyday. Even a short chat in a coffee shop can make a difference in a person’s life.
When someone interrupts your work, do you see it as an inconvenient interruption. Or do you, like this college student, take a break from your work to focus on the person who might need to simply know that you care?