September 18, 2007.
"Respect a man, and he will do all the more."
Is it just me... or have you also noticed that people are generally more stand offish than they used to be? I know I have perceived a discernible difference in the way people react to those they encounter in their day to day activities. More and more I find casual greetings made to others as a friendly gesture receiving an increasingly cooler reception. And I just don't get it.
Some people even take a brief hello made to them in passing as some sort of personal affront, as if you have invaded their space and you need to get the heck out. And then there are others who respond to a hi or how are you doing like you just slapped them in the face. What in the world is going on here? Why are people so less friendly than they used to be in the past?
"Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use."
Now don't get me wrong. There are still some folks who greet everyone they meet with an encouraging hello or an enthusiastic how are you doing. And there are still a number of people who respond back with a hey there, nod or even a smile. But by and large, more and more people rarely exchange these pleasantries any longer. They keep to themselves, taking the old adage 'never trust a stranger' a little bit too far in my opinion.
Are we less trusting and more suspicious of others these days? Probably so. And are we more leery and more cautious about the people we associate with? No doubt about it. But are these really justifiable reasons to ignore others that simply say hello to us as they pass by?
Come on now, how hard is it to say hey, hello, hi there, how are you doing or good morning, good afternoon and good evening? Not hard at all. But then again, how you respond to others is left totally up to you. It's your call.
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
In a world where scientists routinely debate the validity of global warming, there is little doubt that a global cooling is in full force when it comes to our interactions with those all around us. More and more often we respond to others in an icy, nippy, downright frosty manner.
So how's this for an idea? Instead of adding to the chill in the air, why not look for ways to warm things up a little? And a neighborly hello is a good place to start.
I know some of you do not like to talk to others you don't know. But good grief, is returning a simple hello all that tough? No, it's not. In fact, it's just common courtesy. Whenever and wherever I pass another, friend or stranger alike, I always make it a point to toss out a friendly greeting. A quick hello, hi there or howdy (as we sometimes say here in Texas) only takes a second or two. Sometimes people return the greeting, other times they ignore me or stare a hole right through me. Either way, I'm glad I took the opportunity to say hello.
"You will rise by lifting others."
Robert Green Ingersoll
Like most people who choose to greet others, I appreciate it when someone returns my greetings. But if they choose not to, it's no big deal. It's certainly not going to ruin my day or prevent me from greeting others I meet throughout my life's journey.
Even if ten people in a row give me the cold shoulder, I'm still going to say hi to the next person I come across. Why? Because I never know when a kind word from me can lighten another person's load or perhaps pick up their spirits. So why miss any opportunity to brighten another person's life? Why indeed.
So I'll just keep on keeping on and hopefully you too will choose to make some hey yourself and perhaps make someone else's day along the way.
The Bottom Line: Why not become a hey maker and start making the sun shine in someone else's life?
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