This evening I took a walk through the neighborhood. As I climbed the small hill on the narrow road that leads back home, a car drove slowly past me and as I lifted my eyes from the pavement to the driver, I caught a glance of a hand raised in a friendly gesture; it made me smile as I raised my arm and waved back. I have no idea who it was, but it doesn’t matter. It only matters that we acknowledged each other’s existence.
Something as simple as a nod, a wave, or a smile can remind you that we’re all in this thing called life together. We all have days when we just need to know that it’s worth it to slow down, take a deep breath, and keep on trying. To look outside yourself to those around you, speak a word of encouragement, or just offer a listening ear.
One of the first things I noticed about people in Texas after moving here from California was the people were friendly, they smile and wave, talk about the weather and sometimes slow down to ask a stranger how they’re doing and listen to their response. It has now become one of my favorite things about people in Texas. I hope that never changes. There seems to be a lot of people moving in from other states, I hope they will embrace the friendly waves, be generous with their smiles, and take time to know a stranger or two and discover the secret pleasures of kindness.
Where ever you are, smile and wave, slow down and enjoy life, who knows…you might meet a friend.