Day 139 – Selfish Journey?

6 HUGS, 4 children, 2 adults (1 husband, 1 neighborhood friend)

Expanding a little on what I said yesterday, I have been thinking a lot about how great it would be if I got to a point where I was recognized at each store I walked in to and a complete hug reversal took place. The employees would greet me as soon as they saw me with a hug, which would perhaps then move other customers to do the same. *sigh* Wishful thinking. Anyway, I realized that this journey I am on could be easily perceived as a potentially selfish one. After all, you can’t give a hug without getting a hug. I want hugs, I need hugs, what better way to get them than by challenging myself to hug everyone I encounter? Let’s think about this.

Reasons this is a selfish journey: I get lots of hugs. Seeing people happy makes me feel good. Hearing I have made someone’s day makes me feel great. I get closer relationships with those I encounter. I get an instant smile when someone I don’t know very well recognizes me as the hug lady. I get to relive the joy of my days every evening as I sit to write my post.

Reasons why this is not a selfish journey: Others receive my many hugs. I am sometimes the reason people are happy. People’s days are made brighter by my hugs. Closer relationships are formed. Smiles are abundant everywhere I turn. My readers have shared ways in which my posts have brought them joy.

Selfish? Perhaps. But, I like to think of it more as a 2 way street. A win-win journey. After all, we all make decisions based on what makes us feel good, right? Why wouldn’t I choose something that makes others feel good as well?

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.


2 thoughts on “Day 139 – Selfish Journey?

  1. It may be selfish, but it’s also selfless. And I’m at that point now, where store clerks and the general public recognize me. It’s become so very easy for me to get a hug every day. Today in fact, someone who works in another office walked over just after lunch cause she wanted her hug today. But you know…I’ll still ask someone else. If it becomes too easy, it takes the fearless part out of it for me, and I( like the fearless part. I think the fearless part is what stretches me beyond who I already know myself to be. And so what if it is selfish. It’s a good thing you’re doing. And believe me when I tell you…I have not yet met anyone, who although tells me they are not huggers, who hasn’t loved a hug from me. I was at a party on the weekend and someone said to me..”Hey so I hear you’re a great hugger.”. Not because he’d seen me on the news. But because someone had told him so. It’ll happen. I promise. Mine started at Day just don’t know what will happen.

    • I love hearing how far you have come. Sometimes the unknown is the most exciting part of the journey. Thank you so much for continuing to share in my journey and encouraging me along the way. I appreciate it so much!

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