This picture was taken out my hotel room at The Marmara Manhattan early last Sunday morning before the seas of people, taxis, and cars hit the streets of New York City, New York. I decided to walk to church on Sunday. When I went down into the lobby of the hotel, I was greeted with a cheerful, “Good morning!” which I returned back. The doorman opened the door for me and greeted me with, “Good morning!” Then I thought about how those two greetings made me feel better. This subject had been on my mind. In my daily commitment of walking 45 minutes a day in Oklahoma, I had practiced greeting people when I passed them on my path. Then a man sitting on a New York City street said to me, “Good morning!” “Wow!”, I thought. This question came to my mind, “What is up with New York City today!?” In my past walks on the streets of New York City, there were no greetings at all.
Then I decided to do a test of 10 people on the streets of New York City and greet them with “Good morning”. My assumption was the return greetings would be low. To my surprise, 9 out of 10 people said good morning back. Wow! My prediction would have been much lower. Then I stopped saying the greetings myself. I received no greetings until I went into the church. Two people greeted me with “Good morning” and gave me the books for the church services. Again, the greetings gave me great feelings.
During the sermon from the priest, he talked about how small things can make a big difference in the world. Then to my surprise, he asked if there were any visitors in the church. I raised my hand. He asked my name and where I was from. This does not usually happen in Oklahoma where I attend church. Then after church, he again spoke to me and talked to me further.
Why am I telling you this story? Do you want to change the world? You can start with a friendly greeting, smile, talk, and make someone’s day happier in your relationships, personal life, community, and business. By the way, you have a great day!
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