I know exactly how you feel.
At work I too, am surrounded by non-Orthodox.
I have had questions asked about my cross, as well. I always am happy to explain the meaning behind it and then go in to a few things that make us unique.
I have gotten in to prolonged discussions with Baptists, Lutherans, Muslims, Catholics,...you name it. In the MANY years that I have been at it, I have YET to "reach" anyone at work!
I suck at missionary work!
It's a good thing the Lord isn't depending on me to spread the Good News!
Having said that, I agree that "living an Orthodox life" is the best example. I try to do that, and am very conscious of the fact that I represent the entire Faith when I am at work.
I am the only Orthodox they know and see. Therefore, ANYthing I do wrong, or say, I feel reflects poorly on Orthodoxy.
I joined this "group" at my company almost a year ago. It's all men, and each Thursday they have a standing appointment for lunch at a Mongolian BBQ, where you get to pick the meat, veggies, and sauces and then go to a big round grill where they prepare it all for you. I've never really cared for it, but, I am a teamplayer and as such, I have yet to miss one luncheon. It's all guy talk, and gaming, and systems, etc....but, I tag along.
When Lent began, I switched from the meat to tofu. The first week they giggled at me. The second week they asked more about it. I explained in detail, thinking this is a great opportunity to "teach" them something. When they thought it was silly, that God never said not to "eat", etc...I explained about how Christ was in the desert for 40 days, then I went on to explain how self discipline is a good thing, and how much more you enjoy Pascha after having deprived yourself of certain things. Not just food, but TV shows, radio, etc. All your addictions have been left behind... and this left more time to do "good" things, read more, pray more, volunteer more...then how joyous is Pascha! How special and new everything seems to you... I was so into it...and thinking I was getting my point across....when....
the one very macho guy looks at me and says sarcastically...."Ok, ok, I get it! Lets just drop her off at the nearest desert, so she has the chance to be REALLY HAPPY!"
He totally missed the point, and instead of teaching him something, I felt like I got a slap in the face.
Help! I need some training in Evangelism.