The art of hello.
As a little kid sitting in the dreaded Dr.’s office, generally with my Dad waiting to be called back knowing they were going to weigh me, knowing I was going to get in trouble for weighing too much (and for biting my nails down to the quick), I sat with nervous anticipation. My eyes shifting from each person in the waiting room, left to right, head never moving from the center locked position. I waited for the door to open and the nurse to call my name, for her to say that one little word that would either sink my battleship or help me find my way through the doctor’s visit unscathed to the large red woven basket of suckers at the end of the candy land hallway by the exit.
Mouth closed, heart racing I would wait to hear the simple word … hello.
“Hello”, would either come neatly delivered in a bright cheerful wrapping followed by “How are you today kiddo?” (that was my favorite) or it would come in a tattered old cigar box with taped up sides, stinky and contaminated with meanness. “Hello, Lori. I can see we have gained more weight this visit, lets get on the scale to see how much…” right out of the gate I would be defeated and humiliated. Hello had failed me.
Looking back that experience was the exception and my life’s strung together paper chain of “hellos” which would wrap around me painting a picture of lifelong friendships, forever loves, job opportunities, life lessons,and endless potential all from one little word that seems lost today in a world of texting, tweeting, facebook frenzy. It’s easy to ignore people, not make eye contact, to walk on by never taking the time or a chance to throw out a word that has the power to change so much. As I start this challenge of seeking out kindness in different ways, thinking about how to change my own attitude, hopping to make a difference by giving a small part of myself to the community around me, taking time to say hello a little more often seems like a pretty good place to start.
At the end of each post for the next two months I will remind you and challenge you to post an act of kindness you experience from the smallest of intentions to something that will leave a lasting imprint on your life, it all matters! Maybe you will view kindness differently, seeing things with a new view. Here is the link to share your thoughts, and remember I will make a donation to Recycled Doggies for each post!