34: Wave

Sometimes I think that art of greeting people is a lost one.  How many times have you walked past a stranger with your head down or vice-verse?  No form of acknowledgement is put forth,  What kind of signal does this send out about you?  About society in general?  There is one simple thing we can do to change this act of isolation around.  This brings me to today’s word in our 42 Words to a Better You countdown.

 

#34: Wave

Yes.  I admit it.  I was that person who walked around with a “do not disturb” sign.  I would put my head down, pretending not to notice somebody walking in my direction — pretending to count the cracks in the sidewalk.  I simply couldn’t be bothered.  Here are a few possible reasons why we may behave this way:

  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Self-centered; being wrapped up in our own little world
  •  Fear of making contact with a stranger and having to actually have a conversation

Several years ago, I changed this unfortunate habit.  In my neighborhood, I noticed the same people taking their daily strolls around the block.  Whenever I was outside in my front yard and a walker would be passing by, I would either act very engaged in pulling weeds, or scurry to the side of my house.  For me, it was a lack of self-confidence that caused me to behave this way.

Finally, I came to realization that it was really absurd for me to feel like I had to hide from people while at my own house.  So, out of this frustration, I figured I would try to connect with my neighbors by starting off with a basic “hello” wave .  Over time, those waves have led to conversation and ultimately to some great friendships. Who would have thought that the mere act of simple acknowledgment could lead to such amazing connectedness?

What are some of the things that you do to connect with people you don’t know?  I would love to hear your thoughts.  I invite you to post you comments below.

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