The cool thing about kids is that they’ll say hi to absolutely anyone. They don’t wait for a “proper introduction” or feel weird about talking to someone they’ve never met. I don’t know about you, but when Kim and I are on a walk in the neighborhood, and some random kid says “hi” as we walk by his front yard, that just makes me feel good. It’s like a warm sugar cookie for my soul.
Us grown-ups seem to be too busy to notice anyone outside of our small sphere of self-centeredness. We’re careful not to “bother” people or invade their “personal space.” We become distrustful and stop saying hi to strangers, content to remain in our own little private cocoons. But the truth is constant: when someone we don’t know (big or little) takes the time to notice us, and offers up a sunny smile and a warm greeting, we feel good inside.
A post by Michael T. Smith reminded me of this fact recently. He shares a simple technique for getting to know the people you see and work with every day. It’s a powerful technique that can be the difference between a good and a bad day. And it all comes down to a simple two-letter word.