A simple hello can...

This past week I had an opportunity to speak with two different freshman classes at FHSU and I centered my talk around the very simple concept of saying "hello".  As I walk across campus, I greet everyone with a simple hello, good morning, etc.  It's not rocket science.  I make eye contact and speak.

Here's how it works.

1.  I see the oncoming person.

2.  I make eye contact.

3.  Typical response by the oncoming person is to look away, look at their phone, etc.  (I'm beginning to think this is a natural reaction due to technolgy taking away the ability to personally communicate)

4.  As I get closer, I look right at them and without any doubt of my intention speaking clearly and direct, "hello", "good morning", "beautiful day".

5.  The reponse 9 times out of 10, a smile followed by a reply.  I sometimes get the look of "who the hell are you?"  It doesn't phase me as a single smile in reply makes up for a hundred nonresponses.

6.  What I've noticed is almost a giddy in their step when they reply.  I love it and will forever do it, regardless of response.

The reason I shared this with the freshman class is that I want to change a culture, one person at a time.  I don't want a campus that ignores a fellow student, instructor, maintenance man.  I don't want a campus filled with people walking with heads down.  I want a campus filled with people making a difference.  You don't have to split atoms, write novels, give grand speaches to change someones life, in my opinion it starts with a simple hello.

A simple hello can change a life.  It can give hope to someone who's struggles.  It can put gidding in a step.  It can give light in a moment of darkness.  A simple hello can bring life.

Be safe and well friends, but more importantly, hello.  

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