We are probably all getting a bit stir-crazy, a bit fatigued and a bit concerned about what is going on in the world. The world is in flux and there is a lot of uncertainly. Yet in the midst of all of this, let me suggest something that is contagious and worth sharing – a smile. While we are all practicing social distancing we can still acknowledge one another. A wave, a nod, a smile will cost you nothing and will help brighten the world just a little bit.
I started running a couple of decades ago. Running tends to be a rather solitary experience, thus I spend a nice chunk of time outside by myself. I think this is pretty typical for runners. Runners tend to welcome the momentary distraction of a wave, a smile and a “hello” as we pass on the road. I seldom find that I get ignored by another runner, if I am ignored it tends to be a younger, really serious runner who is so focused on the run that he or she is trying to block out all distractions and “find the zone.”
However, I am a bit amazed by how often I am ignored when I am out running. I will look up, nod and wave to anyone I see, but this is not always returned. I live in a residential area, and there is never a crowd of people out. So, I find it interesting that some folks simply ignore my existence or pull up the phone to look at it the moment we pass. I like dogs but I am a little perturbed by the folks that have to talk to their dog the moment we pass so that they can ignore me.
These days it seems that there are more people out walking in my neighborhood. So as I run or walk I will look up at anyone I pass and smile and say “hello” I hope you will do the same and maybe in spite of all else that is going on, we can be a little more friendly to each other. Share a smile and pass it on.