Good morning, hello, hi… all small words that when left hanging in the hallway can have tremendous effects. The power of a greeting, something our parents teach us to always reciprocate, is massive. It can shape our mood for the rest of the day if met by the right caliber of person or leave us wondering about ourselves if unanswered. So simple yet so powerful.
Yet, in hallways across America, teachers are reporting feeling isolated and genuinely uncared for whether it be through their own actions or by simple mistakes conducted by others that perhaps were too busy or just preoccupied. So weigh the power of hello, a greeting, an acknowledgement. Think about it, greet others, take the time to acknowledge that they are in your building, in your presence. Don’t be too busy, don’t rush by, don’t scowl or close yourself off. Be the pebble that starts the wave of positivity rather than negativity. So say hello, mean it, perhaps even smile. I am happy to see you today.