I saw this on my Facebook news feed today. What a lovely outlook this is!
It reminds me that maybe I ought to say hello to people I don’t know more often.
Last week, I tried just that. One morning, as I was walking through the neighbourhood, I saw someone tending the flowers at the front of her house. Before, I would have start to feel awkward and just walk past. I feel awkward because I wonder whether it’s a normal thing to say hello to a passer-by in the neighbourhood or do people just say nothing? Often in those situations, it’s obvious that both parties are aware of each other. I would then opt to just walk past because I thought it was easier than dealing with the funny look I might get for randomly greeting them.
But I read a blog post a couple of months ago on this very subject. So I thought, well… Why shouldn’t I say hi? The worst that can happen is they find me weird or ignore me.
So back to the lady tending her flowers. I’m gradually making my way along the path. I have a debate with myself whether I should greet her or not. I’m moments away from walking past – must make a decision now!!! She looks up. There’s no one else here so she must have seen me. That makes a bit easier, she’s aware that I’m here. I gather some courage and…
“Morning” I say.
“Morning” she replies happily.
Phew! What a big stress over a small thing like that!! But it turns out the result was positive. And it also felt really good 🙂
The rest of the week I tried to fit in some more random greetings. They all seemed to be in the morning, somehow!
Bonus: Two people said “morning” to me first! And they did so with a smile – resulting in me replying with a smile and that smile staying with me afterwards. It was a coincidence that this happened whilst I was experimenting with greeting people passing by.
So now that I’ve experienced both sides of the “random greeting” situation, I only have this to say: We should all do it more often! I like that people are friendly enough to greet you even if they don’t know you. Our community should be a warm and welcoming community.
My next challenge now is to say “good morning.” It’s more common to hear people say just “morning” but often I like to say “good morning” instead. Only “morning” is reserved for those times when I’m nervous and would prefer one less syllable to stumble over :l0l:
Next time I’m walking by, I’ll try my best to muster up the courage and say hello to any individual passing by!
… However, in situations such as a busy shopping centre, it probably isn’t practical to say hello to everyone who walks by!