Last week at this time I was in Orlando, FL, with my family. For those who are connected with me through Facebook and Instagram (if not, friend me and follow me!), you probably saw the flood of pictures! Yes, I may have gone a little overboard, but I just couldn’t help myself! I really wanted to share the experience with everyone. One particular photo that I shared was from the Amway Center, the home of the Orlando Magic. We got a chance to catch a home game against the Houston Rockets. That was my first NBA game in quite some time, and it was Isaiah, Amari, and Ayla’s very first NBA game!
But what was really cool about this night is the fact that it was not originally on the itinerary. We ended up going because we received free tickets from someone I met just the day before that game! And that’s what I want to discuss. I believe there is a three step approach that we all can use to find good fortune frequently!
The first exchange with the man that ultimately blessed my family with the tickets was simply a wave and a smile. That was it. But many times that is all it takes to let people know that you are likeable, friendly, and approachable. And in case you didn’t already know it, likeable, friendly, and approachable people get way more out of life than those who project the opposite qualities. I challenge you to smile every time you make eye contact with someone; your smile says a lot of great things about you without uttering one single word. So just do it!
Waiting in line for a roller coaster with Amari and Isaiah, I looked to my right and the man whom I had waved to a few minutes ago was in line for the same ride with his children. And you wouldn’t believe what I did next; I spoke to him! It is so unfortunate that many of us still think that we should not talk to strangers. Yes, that is obviously a good rule of thumb for a small child, but I think my mentor Paul said it perfectly:
“when I became an [adult], I put away childish things.”
Get into the habit of speaking to people. When you walk past someone, say hello. When you’re waiting in an elevator with someone, speak to them. Most people don’t do these simple acts; and that’s why most people live lives of mediocrity. It’s little things that separate the good from the great. Choose to be great!
After asking the name of this new acquaintance (ironically, his name was Orlando), guess what I did next; I introduced myself and reached out my hand! I gave him a firm hand shake, and we chatted for a few minutes. In our brief conversation, I found out that he led a military appreciation program for the Orlando Magic, and he has access to a few hundred tickets each game. He asked if we would like to catch the next game, and of course I said YES!
We were given tickets that would have cost us over $350.00 because I smiled, spoke, and shook the hand of a man that was in a position to be a blessing to us. You never know who is walking past you, standing beside you, or sitting next to you. And I promise you this, if you’re not willing to perform these three basic steps, you have no chance to be showered with good fortune and God’s favor. This is not the first time something like this has happened to us,and it won’t be the last. Go get yours!
Love and blessings!