On my current road odyssey, there us a continual growing list of people who have showered me with hospitality and generosity. One that deserves special mention is Donna Fry, someone I had not communicated with before, but when I tweeted something about planning the route around the Ontario North lakes, out of the blue she responded:
I responded by direct message with my email, and got a super detailed list of what to see, what to skip, where to camp, etc. We got to meet up for lunch at the restaurant she suggested in Terrace Bay, and I really enjoyed hearing of her work as a principal at a number of local schools, and her bear/moose encounter stories.
I could not resist asking her to explain why she would help a “stranger on the internet”
Donna Fry talks about helping on the internet (1.4 MB MP# / 1:25).
I go back to a line I use for my Amazing Stories talks — If you share openly on the internet, I cannot guarantee it will happen, but you may end up with your own amazing offers (travel, speak, etc). But If you do not share openly online, I can guarantee you will not get an Amazing opportunities.
Sharing does not bring you these goodies directly- but it creates an opportunity space where these things can happen.
Thanks again, Donna, for confirming my beliefs in wide open sharing.
The post "The Kindness of (not really) Strangers" was originally pulled charred and crispy from a smoky charred oven at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2011/08/kindness-of-strangers/) on August 22, 2011.