Pay Attention to Hellos and Goodbyes

Blog 2013 001Hello!  I have learned a lot from my husband about the value of “Hellos” and “Goodbyes.”  He is really good at this. Not just important for family and friends, cultural norms for greetings shape business deals and political maneuvers.  Bowing, handshaking, air kissing, hugging all work in different contexts.

For your crowd, setting aside your own agenda for a few minutes to greet one another as you all arrive home at the end of the work/school day will let your tribe know you’re glad to see them.  “Hi there, how was your day?” works as well as eye contact, a touch, hug, or kiss for your spouse.  We all could use more of that.

Even if there are leftover issues from the morning or day before, there will be time to get to those later. If you start with the towels on the floor speech, you might lose them for the rest of the night!

Ditto with “Goodbyes.”  When your spouse or child leave the house for the day or evening, make a point to say goodbye, have a good time, you look great and I love you. The last few minutes of your interaction can set the tone for the rest of the day/evening for all of you.

Hellos and Goodbyes are also essential for the beginning and end of life .  Try to meet every new baby in your circles and show up at funerals of those you have known.  These are not do-over events and regrets only come when you missed your chance.


Hope for the Best,


1 Response to “Pay Attention to Hellos and Goodbyes”

  1. 1 Jane Rubietta April 18, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Tish, your blog posts always make me think, smile, remember, and hope. Yes, regrets are real, but, too, we can start over today with a good hello or a good goodbye. Thanks for being honest, deep, fun, not preachy, and always relevant. You’re one of the only bloggers I follow!

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