Waving At Your Neighbors – It’s Not Just For Creepy Stalkers!

Feb 7th

Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day – have you ever had a stranger in your neighborhood smile and give you a big wave as you drive by?  As long as they don’t act like a creepy stalker and follow you home, it makes you feel pretty good!  Today is the perfect chance to return that greeting and make them feel good in return (of course you might be doing that already) by giving your neighbor a smile and a great big wave. Make sure though that you are using ALL of your fingers to show the proper respect and appreciation for this day.  If you saw the movie The Beverly  Hillbillies you’ll know the alternate wave to avoid – even when done with innocent intentions, THAT sort of wave won’t be taken well by friends or neighbors.  And just wave in passing – don’t chase them down if they don’t see you the first time.  The line between friendly and being the creepy stalker I mentioned earlier is a very thin one.    No doubt this day was created to put a smile on your face and the faces of your neighbors, with the intention of creating better relationships with the people who live around you.  Be sure not to limit it to your neighborhood though – today everyone you pass deserves a wave and a smile!

I go to the post office several times a week.  Most of the time what I find in my box is a stack of bills, a bunch of junk mail and once in awhile a slip to pick up a package.  Every once in awhile though there will be a card in there from a friend or a family member – usually for a holiday or a birthday – but on occasion I will get a card for no specific reason, and the response in my heart is always the same – I feel REALLY good when I see it!  Today is Send a Card to a Friend Day, and is a great chance to get in touch with a friend. We are all so busy scurrying here and there with our busy lives, that it’s easy to let far too much time go by between the times when we are in contact with our friends. Today is the perfect chance to send card to one of those people and make them feel really good when they get it.   Even though it isn’t nearly as fun to receive, an E-Card will work in a pinch, and will let your friend know you’re thinking of them.
This celebration actually falls in line with a conversation that has been going on with a few friends of mine – the art of written communication is dying in our country.  I’m not talking about typing out a message and emailing it, I’m talking about actually sitting down with a pen and paper and hand writing a card or letter to someone you care about.  Many schools are discontinuing the practice of teaching cursive writting, childish printing is accepted at the higher school levels, horrifying grammar and spelling is tolerated in this text message world that our kids are growing up in, and before you know it, we will not have any written correspondance that someone, someday down the road will find and read and marvel at what was going on in the world at the time it was written.  Help keep the art of writing alive, send cards and letters to people regularly – it will make them feel good, it will keep you up on your writing skills, and it will prevent something that has evolved over the centuries from going extinct.

Even though today is light on declared celebrations, there is nothing to keep each of us from spending some time being happy and having a little party in our heads.  There is ALWAYS something to be happy about – and if you are floundering for something, how’s this? God is here, He is in control, He cares about each and every one of us, and He will never leave nor forsake us, even when the world around us is spinning wildly out of control.  Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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