“I will greet this day with love in my heart.”
“The Greatest Salesman in the World” – The Scroll Marked II Og Mandino
This month we have moved to the 2nd scroll of Og Mandino’s Greatest Salesman. The first line says “I will greet this day with love in my heart”. When I first read that line I smiled and thought what a great way to begin your day. In the past I have learned I decide the type of day I will have. According to the Law of Growth – “Whatever we think about grows…”Therefore if I start my day with negative thoughts I will get more negativity. If I start my morning down and gloomy a rain cloud follows me all day. On the other hand… if I start my day with positive, pleasant or happy thoughts my day is a lot nicer. I approach challenges & people in a manner where I don’t assume the worst!
A few years ago I decided to conduct an experiment. Something that I heard or read discussed how we don’t greet each other anymore. We simply go about our day to day existence frequently without much regard for one another. I remembered the teachings of my great grand mother-“Kim, it never hurts to say hello to someone” When & why I abandoned this lesson escapes me, but I did. So determined to follow Mama’s sage advice I started out by just saying “hello”, I soon added a smile. The results were amazing and somewhat humorous. Some blatantly ignored me; that was a little discouraging in the beginning but I pushed through; others mumbled a hurried response, still others responded in kind. The best responses by far were the facial expressions. Some were apprehensive, some pleasantly surprised, still others were down right confused! over time “Hello” morphed into Good Morning, (afternoon, evening). I even added a “How’s your day going?” to the mix. Some of those turned into conversations an some conversations turned into friendships. Amazing what a little hello can lead to.
A few weeks ago I was listening to a podcast discussing meeting & networking with people. They said you should make eye contact roughly within 20 feet and deliver your verbal greeting within 10 feet. I’ve been doing that when I remember. I notice that is making a difference. It appears that people are more likely to be positively engaged when eye contact is initiated before the greeting. I had a lady tell me this week; with a big smile on her face; “Oh my goodness you are always so positive! It’s refreshing!”.
I was thinking about these concepts and exercises shortly after starting the 2nd scroll. Now when I offer my greeting I do it with love in my heart. Its early, but I’ve noticed a difference in myself, my delivery and in the people I greet. They look at me sometimes with a question in their expression. It’s similar to the look you get when someone notices you for that first time or that look you give someone that has changed their appearance for the better, but you can’t quite put your finger on what they’ve changed.
At the end of the day the “experiment” has become a habit, a way of life. I speak to people and it doesn’t matter if they respond or not. I do it because it doesn’t hurt to speak. I do it because it brings us closer together. I do it because life’s too short for us to pass each other by. I do it because you never know who needs to know that someone is there. I do it because there is love in my heart.