August 21, 2009

August 21, 2009
Remember to Say Hello

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Friday and I know if you are like me then you are looking forward to the weekend. Dab the AIDS Bear and I will be off on another wonderful adventure. More details tomorrow.

I have a request. It may sound simple. But it is important, and it won't take up a lot of your time.

Please, remember to say "Hello."

Don't wait for someone to say it to you first, or you may miss the opportunity. Don't be intimidated by the stern look or the lack of eye contact that someone else displays. Initiate a positive connection. Smile and say "Hello."

Perhaps you will not get a response. Don't let that stop you from continuing your introductions. You will, more than likely, get more positive responses and smiles back than anything else. That is a good thing. Think about the countless people you pass everyday who you have never introduced yourself to at work, at the gym, on the street, and anywhere else.

Human beings thrive when they sense that they are positively connected to others in their communities. They self-destruct when they are isolated and disconnected from the world around them. A connection starts with a simple "Hello."

My friend and neighbor Mark, who recently died in a tragic motorcycle accident, never missed an opportunity to reach out to others. He was famous for checking in on us as well as for his greetings. I will miss his "Good morning" everyday when he passed me taking my wake-up swims. His voice chirping, "Hello!" was a welcome bright spot each day no matter what time it took place. I loved him very much, and I will miss him.

But I will always cherish every moment that we shared together. He showed me how easy it is to make a difference by reaching out to people and initiating a positive connection. Something as simple as saying "Hello" can make a profound difference in our own lives as well as the lives of those all around us. Take time today to greet and to get to know the people that you see today. You may make a few new friends. You will, undoubtedly, make a lot of people feel better along with yourself.

So have a safe and great weekend. Meet a few people. And make a special memory for yourself. Remember life is not a dress rehearsal!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab