Love in the hello

by You Have My Word

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I have found it possible to demonstrate love in the hello – a single word to acknowledge someone’s complete presence.

Hello.

Yes, it is first and foremost a greeting; it’s not limited to whether you know the person or not – friend, cashier, partner, CEO, beggar. It is, however, much bigger than that.

Hello.

Human contact through word. Character heard in voice quality. Recognition of being and relevance. Space created for further interaction. Openness to relationship. Acknowledgement of all that a person is as they stand before you. Immediate presence.

Hello.

It is said that part of Bill Clinton’s charisma is attributed to how he engages with people: “look at the eyes of every person walking towards you long enough to see their eye colour.” And there it is: we are alive, connected. If this is the preface, then…

Love in the hello.

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