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{Celebration Moment} Hello!

Hello Friend!

I’m thinking of you and smiling.

I’m just about to go for my morning walk and bask in the light of a new day.

(Sometimes it is easy to forget what a miracle that is. You know? Not everyone got to wake up this morning. Not everyone gets to the experience today’s specific kind of light or crispness of the air.)

I’ve heard from some of you lately that you are trying your best to feel joy and celebration in your days, but that it can be hard.

I know. I get that.

You might be grieving. You might be worried. Maybe life feels kinda bleh. Perhaps the pandemic feels scary and exhausting.

I know.

I know that sometimes it can be hard to tap into enthusiasm, energy, and vitality.

I want to remind you about the power of a single moment.

All we have to do is take a deep breath, give ourselves a squeeze, or place hand to heart, and commit to a single moment of light and joy.

Just one moment.

I practice that when I start off on my walk. I challenge myself to notice one small sliver of beauty.

When I do that, my mind starts scanning, following that imperative: find beauty, find beauty, find beauty.

This is what I want you to do.

Okay?

In service of that, before I go on my walk, here’s one simple tip to give you a little uplift.

Nothing fancy. Nothing big. Nothing that takes too much time or effort.

Today, at least once, be intentional about how you say hello.

That’s it.

Okay, well, let me say just a few more words.

When you are greeting someone today — a spouse, a friend, a colleague, your child, the postal person — bring extra enthusiasm into your voice. Consider adding a special flair to your greeting. Look that person in the eyes and exude warmth.

I want you to experience that one intentional moment of bringing joy to someone through a simple hello.

You may remember that I wrote an article about this, “You Had Me at Hello.”  In it, I offer six tips to make that moment memorable.

Scan that article. Read the tips. Commit to creating one joyful “Hello Moment” in your day.

Watch what happens.

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Remember, YOU can be the one to lift others up. YOU can be the one to bring tiny moments of joy.

And, that joy always starts with yourself!

Your simple hello moment might turn out to be one of the most extraordinary moments of your day.

Creating small moments of celebration really can turn ordinary days into an extraordinary life.

Take it from me! I’m the girl who desperately wanted off the planet 30 years ago because I hated myself and my life.

Moment by moment by moment — one pinprick of light after another — everything changed.

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I love you and am cheering you on, always.

Thanks for who you are.

YOU MATTER!

Seek celebration — even in the dark corners,

xo Sherry

{Uplift Gifts}: You Had Me at Hello

 

I hope your week has been going well. I’m thinking of you and sending you warm greetings. Imagine that you can see me and I’ve got a big smile on my face as I wave to you. Imagine that I am squealing with happiness as I say your name.

Have you ever thought about what a gift it is to greet someone — on the phone, on a video call, or in person— with enthusiasm and joy? 

My most recent article in the wonderful website, Kind Over Matter, is all about the gift of a loving HELLO!

Click here to read this essay and find out five easy steps for a memorable you-had-me-at-hello greeting for someone. 

Listen, I know you think this sounds simple.

It IS!

But we all know that sometimes it is the smallest things in life that bring the greatest pleasure. 

Commit to giving this gift to people in your life. (Yep, it is a gift!)

Most of the best gifts in life are the energy and attention we intentionally and freely offer.

Will you give it a try?

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

P.S. For those of you who have followed along with my Sunday LoveGrams, you know that my son has moved out to attend college. I wrote this Hello article before he moved out. At the time, I certainly knew (and felt) the importance of his enthusiastic hellos, but I had no idea how much more important that memory would become for me. He’s no longer here every day to greet me in the way I talk about in the article. However, before he moved out, he made me a video of him saying “Hello Mom! Welcome to the house,” with his bright smile and laughter. The gift he gave me lives on in my heart.