Message from a Stranger

Yesterday, I received a message from a stranger.

We’ve never looked each other in the eyes or exchanged a word. I’ve seen him twice. Both times he was walking quickly down the sidewalk, instrument in hand, playing music to his heart’s content. It was communicated loud and clear in his movement and his actions. Sometimes we just don’t need words to be inspired.

Message from a Stranger


Cathy Chester

I love the movie “Silver Linings Playbook” for many reasons, but one of them is when they tell us to “look for the signs.” This was one of them, Jennifer, and you were smart enough to be mindful enough to notice everything around you.

Live your passion? What a great post. Marvelous.


I loved that movie too, Cathy. The first time I saw him just a few days ago, I smiled all the way to work. And then yesterday, it dawned on me that I could learn something from this man.


A picture says a thousands words – literally!!! Everyone that sees it receives a different word or is inspired in a different way.


They do, Amanda. It’s so much fun to see how others express themselves. I saw a man at the gym wearing a crown over the weekend. It made me smile too.


Inspiration hits randomly. We just need to slow down and really look and listen to what is happening around us. This post reminded me that there are a lot of people who still do. Thanks for sharing.

crabby mcslacker

I’m a born skeptic and I used to be totally dismissive of the idea that one could see meaningful “signs” in all the randomness. I thought it was all wishful thinking.

And heck, maybe it is! But it’s fun to look for signs and when you do, the coincidences start to pile up. I notice that the more I look, the more I see, and sometimes I’m floored by the way the universe seems to respond when I interact with it as though we were communicating.

Weird stuff. But I love it. Great post!


I’m trying to do this more, Audrey. Usually I’m in such a hurry, that I miss these wonderful moments happening around me. I’m glad this time, I was paying attention.


Thanks for stopping by, Crabby! I’ve admired you from afar. I’m a skeptic, too. But I’m working hard to appreciate some of the incredible things and people that are put in my path. It seems to be paying off. 🙂


I’ll bet he does, Tamara. I may just have to take a day off and see if I can wait for him. He’s been in the same place twice so maybe he’s on his way to work. I wonder if he would take a couple minutes to talk to me?

Kristi Campbell

I love when a stranger’s passion is unexpectedly seen by me. It’s inspiring and makes me feel so connected to the life going on around me that I’m usually not paying attention to.

Phoebe Wulliman Graber

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Looks like we have a few interests in common (travel, photography, big dogs). On Wednesday, I just posted a quote which this scenerio exemplifies! In essence: Not being so focused on the goal, that you miss what’s in front of you. So true!


I love it too, Kristi. It is such a wonderful surprise. I looked for this man today, but unfortunately I didn’t see him on my way to work. I’m sure there are plenty more of those amazing and creative people out there. I’ll be looking. 🙂


It’s fantastic to find a soul sister, Phoebe. I love your quote! Now if I can just live life that way, I’ll be in great shape. I’ll be visiting you again soon!!

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