If You Want to Improve Someone's Day

I didn't know it only took two words to lift my day up. 

And the day, a warm and cloudy Monday, had been going steadily along. I was headed down the sidewalk, shoulder-deep in my thoughts, when I heard the two words: 

"CAITIE WHELAN!"

I looked up to see a buddy of mine stopped in traffic. He gave me a big wave and a big grin. 

And my spine and spirits lifted straight up. 

"HEY! HEY!" I called back across the traffic. And with a big, goofy grin on my face, I waved back a big, goofy wave to him. 

The light went to green and my buddy drove down the street, leaving me tall and exuberant on the sidewalk. 

My buddy didn't have to call out. He could have texted me later to say he saw me, or he could do nothing at all. I wouldn't have known. 

But he made connection. And the quality of my afternoon went up seven notches. 

As I continued down the sidewalk, I thought of all the times I didn't call out to someone at the grocery store, in the parking lot, across the street because it wasn't convenient, I didn't think I had time, didn't want to make the effort. 

But now I know: It feels really great to be on the receiving end of that unnecessary connection. 

So, I'll be calling out to people more now. I'll be doing more unnecessary connection. And maybe, just maybe, it will take someone's afternoon up a few notches.  

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