For this week’s blog post, I wanted to come up with something really simple and seemingly trivial that I really thought could make a difference in the world one person at a time. What I came up with was this: smile and say hello.
Now, maybe that sounds stupid. Or maybe my Midwestern mentality painfully shines through by suggesting that people smile and say hi to strangers, but I really do think it can make a difference. Every time somebody I don’t know takes a moment to acknowledge and greet me, or when I do the same to somebody else, I really think the innate warmth of human nature is reflected in the eyes of both of us. In this day and age of impersonal technological communication, I think it would be great if more people could be reminded of the value of simple human interaction, especially with someone that’s not a close friend or family member. Let’s be honest. We’ve all had those times when we’ve inadvertently locked eyes with a complete stranger while passing him/her. All I’m saying is rather than turning away and thinking about how awkward that eye contact was, why not just smile and say, “Hi”? Embrace the weird moment. Maybe they’ll think you’re crazy (like if they’re from New York) or maybe they’ll love it. Who cares? Outside of bubbles like Bucknell/Lewisburg, you’ll probably never run into that person again. Might as well make a good first and last impression, right?
And if you don’t buy it from me, maybe you’ll enjoy it more in musical form.