Think of the people you know simply because of your routines:
> the same nurse or donor because you give blood on an eight week rotation
> the person at the salon who has their appointment in the same interval as you do
> a fellow commuter on “your” train to work every day
> the customer at Starbucks who grabs their morning latte the same time as you do
> a mom who always picks up their child from day care as you are retrieving your children
Even if you don’t know their name or story, you often give a nod of familiar recognition. These people are not strangers to you, and their mere presence adds to your connectedness to the community.
There are two ways to think about this: you could broaden your circle simply by mixing up your routines or you could deepen your relationships by getting to know those with whom you coincidentally interact on a recurring basis.
If you find yourself in the same elevator with someone most every day, strike up a conversation and see if you both don’t feel better greeting each other by name.