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.