Ummm Hello?

I am not sure why I have been really wanting to blog about this, but here is what I was thinking. Saying “Hello” “Good Morning” “Good Afternoon” ”Good Evening” and saying with a smile is something that I was taught my by Mom and Dad. I was also shown the power of this in my first job out of Culinary School. I worked in a very large kitchen and the sous chefs would never say hello, never give you a look or anything. The employees, and I was new, so I had no opinion, hated that beyond belief. I mean they were really, really mad. So as a few months went on and I became a sous chef, I would always say Hello, take a few minutes with people on a daily basis. What a difference it made. Well, back to my thought here: When I am walking to work, running to office, just out in general, I always try to say Hello to people. The last 10 months it has been amazing to see the reactions I get. Most are scared, then they ignore me and sometimes people say ”Hello” back to me and that makes me happy. Even if they ignore me, i still feel better for saying it! I think if we all tried this exercise we would all be surprised. Hello is the best as that is all you are saying. Hello. Whats up is more intrusive! So I am asking you all to share or try to share or try this……say Hello to people as you walk down the street. It makes you feel good, it makes Reno a better place to live and you never know, someone just may say it back to you…..Ummm Hello!!


  1. Posted August 7, 2012 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Love this Mark! Saying hello really does go a long way. When you don’t say hello to people, it’s like saying they aren’t worth your time.

  2. Don
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Hello, Mark! Hope all is well with you. Have a great day!


  3. Gina Reed
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Hello Mark! Very well said and I couldn’t agree more!

  4. Sandra McGaughey
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    ‘Mornin Mark!
    Whole-heartedly agree with you! Others & I have had similar thoughts; no surprise you’re the one who pu them “out there”!
    Personal evidence you are correct: Every Sunday, as Greeter at Cathedral of Faith (Inter-Denominational, Contemporary Christian), I do what you do: Smile, look visitors in the eye, with heart-felt “Good Morning!” Or “Welcome!” Or both; reaction is often as if they’ve won a prize!
    Today, I believe “Hello!” or any other word or two of positive recognition is more meaningful than ever.
    For 3 years, chirping a bit louder “‘Mornin!” or “Good Morning!” to someone who has frown or otherwise grim countenance, & is passing by “my” Sanctuary entry door, has elicited the following scenario:
    First, a startled, deer-in-headlights reaction; seems to say “Was that for ME???” Sometimes, they actually look around, to see if there’s a different “target”.
    Next, body relaxes, they smile (or almost!). Lastly, they return the greeting; that’s a return gift that makes ME grin! Occasionally, they even stop to chat and/or come on in! Btw, about COF: ‘ Most amazing, diverse congregation (14,000 mbrs) of cultures, religions, ethnicities, colors, languages, politics, generations I’ve ever experienced. The shared love is palpable.

    RE: that downtown Los Gatos restaurant property, in which I would have loved to see an Estee creation? It’s my understanding prop quickly sold to investors; enabled restaurateur/former prop owner to focus on restaurant: Palazio is now fabulous, very popular. I believe you’d approve!

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    PS When is the littlest Estee due?

  5. Catherine Oliver
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Mark, I just saw this and had to put in my two cents. I’ve done a nonverbal equivalent of that for decades. Have you noticed how many people’s default facial expression is a frown or almost a frown? I deliberately (well, pretty second nature by now) smile as I walk down the street. I’m sure there are some who see me and think “crazy lady” but many people smile back. And as was said above, two of us win when that happens.

    We spend time in Rio and almost 100% of the time, anyone entering even an elevator will say “Bom dia” aka good day (or afternoon or night) and upon leaving will say “Tchau” aka goodbye. It’s simply the polite thing to do.

    Thanks for bringing this up. It takes so little and helps make this planet a bit warmer and fuzzier

    PS: Thanks for another great meal the other night when our Campo virgin friends were with us!

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