That was the spot I left for all the smart ass comments.
Yesterday I went to the grocery store. Generally when I'm out I look at people. I say hello to strangers and give friendly smiles. No big deal right? Well, I am discovering that maybe it is.
Monday, I was getting out of the van and heading into the store. A lady was walking past about the same time. I smiled and said hi. She stopped and looked at me. She smiled and proceeded to say how nice that it was that I did that. Really? It was like I paid for her groceries. We walked into the store together and we agreed that it was nice to see the sun out. Then she touched my arm, said thanks, and went about her shopping.
A few weeks ago, I past an elderly man in an aisle of a store. I said hi as we passed. Next thing I know the man came beside me (he was walking the other direction) and said that was so kind of me to acknowledge him. Really?
Both times, it made me feel good, but also sad. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that I'm Miss Sunshine, far from it. But is it so rare to give a polite smile and hello in passing? I didn't think so, but I'm testing it now. People really don't acknowledge each other. I guess everybody is in a big rush all the time. I'm not sure why, but you might try it. It isn't time consuming to look up and smile. You never know--it just might make somebody's day a little brighter.