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"When you say "hello," it's like giving a little bit of love."
From the mouth of a babe.... when my son was about three years old, we were driving in the car and he said, "Mom. when you say hello, it's like giving a little bit of love." What a powerful observation from such a small child. And really, it is true. Isn't it amazing how one little word, H.E.L.L.O, really is a BIG extension of love and kindness? If this single word adds a bit of love and sunshine to someone's day, just think, what might happen if you not only took the time to ask, "How are you?" - you actually waited for a response. Seriously, we all do it, say, "Hi, how are you?" as we pass someone by and don't even pause to recognize that we just asked someone a question or wait to listen for a response. It seriously bothers me that we, as a society, are so wrapped up in the business of our lives, that it's nearly second nature to inquire about someone without any intent to follow up and listen. I'll ask because it's the polite thing to do, but I don't have the time, or care to make the time, for your answer. Sad. Is this really the message we send each other - and are teaching our kids? So, let's slow down and not only give someone a little bit of love, but show them we really care and actually intend to listen the next time we feel compelled to ask, "How are you?" If a small child can see the love in H.E.L.L.O. - what might he or she see if we ask, "How are you?" with the intention of really listening...