The world works in the funniest way really. I wanted to write a blog post immediately after KinkyBlueFairy commented on two blog posts here on motivationMY.com. She is so up there in the blogging world (plus, she is a Fairy right? hehe) and I'm so *malu* to have someone like her reading some of my posts and leaving comments too.
I wanted to write about how it's an important validation for me as a Blogger. I know it's such a simple gesture but it made a difference to me. To know what I wrote connected to someone and for that person to actually leave a comment. We live in a world of micro-blogging. 140 character tweets. Liking Instagram photos and Facebook statuses. Not many people do actually blogging. Even with readers, not many actually leave comments.
That's why I try my best to leave a comment at most blogs I read. I know the effort it took to actually crack your head, write, and be vulnerable enough to share something so deep and personal to the world.
Basically, the blog post I was about to draft is on the importance of validation. I've covered the topic a few times here but I guess it's something that must be written again and serve as our #notetoself.
Then… *this is the part where the-world-works-in-a-very-mysterious-way comes in*
I was just having dinner after work last night when I read that O, The Oprah Magazine and Skype have launched a new campaign called Just Say Hello.
Just like the name, it's a simple campaign for us to say HELLO to strangers, co-workers or just old friends.
You know why it's such a brilliant campaign? It's because we don't say HELLO much in this part of the world.
"Kau giler ke apa," someone might say to us if we say HELLO to a stranger.
But of course there are good samaritans around *just staying positive here*.
As you know I work odd hours, the last thing I want to happen when I'm in the condo's elevator at 1am is for it to stop at some random floor. True enough, the lift stopped at my condo's Pool/Gym level.
"Jangan la hantu masuk," I quietly told myself.
It was this expat from the Middle East. He was in his suit, looking very sharp and he greeted me, "Good Morning!!".
That little gesture brought a smile to my face. Someone is actually greeting me. In the lift!!! All that tiredness went down the drain *Drama*
So when I reached my floor, I joked with him: "Good Night…. wait, Good Morning!!" After all, it is 1AM in the morning.
We both had a laugh *Wahhh didn't know I could be that funny!*
See… whether it's a simple Hello, Good Morning, Good Night, What's Up… however you want to greet someone, it does make a difference. It may not solve your day's problem, but at least, it could put a million-dollar watt smile on your face.
"Reaching out, even in the smallest ways, can inch us closer to more meaningful relationships, which research shows can prevent much of the damage social isolation causes. People with larger social networks are less likely to get sick, and their memories are sharper," writes Dr Sanjay Gupta on Oprah.com
After reading his article, I want to be more mindful of my interactions.
Do read more on the campaign here. Tag #JustSayHello on your social networks to share your own stories. Perhaps you said HELLO to some random guy in the LRT, or you met an old friend again. What did you guys eventually talked about? I'll be sharing my own stories from time to time in support of the #JustSayHello campaign and I hope you will do the same!
***I am motivated by your LOVE. Say HELLO!!
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