HELLO! from sunny Southern California. “Okay, one down nine more to go. Oh, what am I doing?” Well, today (November 21st) is World Hello Day and the main objective is to greet at least 10 people today. In person, is best, but you can be creative. This 36th Annual World Hello Day has 180 nations participating to emphasize the importance of personal communication for preserving or establishing peace.
World Hello Day begun as a response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the Fall of 1973. Brian McCormack, a Ph.D. graduate of Arizona State University, and Michael McCormack, a graduate of Harvard University, worked together to promote this annual global event.
People all around the world use the World Hello Day as an opportunity to express their concern for world peace. Activities include sending messages to world leaders encouraging them to use communication rather than force to settle conflict. It is a global expression of peace.
On the World Hello Day Website, http://www.worldhelloday.org they have 31 winners of the Nobel Peace Prize and others contributing letters (such as one from Mother Teresa shown below) of support for this day to be used as a tool for preserving peace and as an occasion that makes it possible for anyone in the world to contribute to the process of creating peace. But, concern can be expressed in simply saying, “hello,” to at least ten people today. Meaning that peace begins with two people breaking barriers.
When was the last time, that someone said, “hello,” to you. Do you remember how good that can make you feel. Or, when was the last time you said, “hello,” to someone or smiled at them. I often find they smile back or say, “hello.” It is an awkward moment because we are not used to it, but it shouldn’t be. It breaks down barriers and begins communication which breaks down sterotypes and fears about “strangers.” It unites two people for that brief moment or can make someones day. (or you can have fun just making people nervous…I’m kidding). These activities can be integrated into your normal daily life. Imagine a world like that…it would be a much nicer place, a better garden for all. Flowers run amok…oh, little out of control here. Seeds being planted and flowers everywhere!!
Peace Out, CC!!
How will you participate today or on the day that you read this post?
How will you keep this a part of your everyday life?
Any other ideas or suggestions to make the global or personal garden grow?