Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Just Say Hello February 20, 2014

It really breaks my heart to say it. It goes against everything my optimistic little doggie heart believes in. But sadly it’s true. Some things really can’t be fixed.

There are some medical conditions that can’t be cured. Cars that get totaled in accidents. And hearts that break beyond repair. Considering each of these, I think its the broken hearts I most desperately long to mend. So you can imagine how my ears perked up today as something other than an animal caught my attention on the television.

Just say hello. It sounds so simple and yet Oprah Winfrey has launched an entire campaign behind these three little words. Because let’s face it. They aren’t nearly as little as they seem. In a world where many of us so frequently replace interpersonal contact with a quick text, email or phone call, the power of human interaction has certainly lost some of its emotional traction.Hello.

That stops now. Because, as O Magazine editor Gayle King puts it, you never know.

“You never know the difference it could make in someone’s life,” she says in the campaign video. “You never know what people are going through, you never know how appreciated it is, and it’s easy to do.” She’s right. So many people are more lonely than they admit to anyone. And therein lies the fundamental problem.

I may not be able to actually say hello, but I know I can at the very least share joy with whomever will take it. That will be my contribution. That, and spreading the word about this fabulous cause. Because I believe in the power of words almost as much as I believe in the power of people to make a difference in each other’s lives.

As much as it pains me to say it, there are so many things in this world that are broken beyond repair. The human heart doesn’t have to be one of these things. Loneliness doesn’t have to be one of these things. It might not seem like much, but in a world where every little bit counts no step is too small toward saving a heart.


23 Responses to “Just Say Hello”

  1. huntmode Says:

    Hello, Wyles. πŸ™‚ One of my favorite times to do it is when entering an elevator. Nobody talks in an elevator. I do. Grin.

  2. Lyn Says:

    “Just say hello” We’ll never know how such a simple thing could change someone’s life. Even a smile can often be the difference between life and death. It’s like a program we have here in Australia where people are encouraged to ask family, friends or workmates if they are okay. It’s called RUOK Day and was started by a young man whose father committed suicide. Sadly, he lost his own life to cancer in 2011, but his dream continues https://www.ruokday.com/about-us/our-story/
    I can imagine your smile and wagging tale would brighten anyone’s day, Wiles xx

    • RUOK day sounds like a brilliant idea. Suicide is such a real thing to so many people, yet I feel no step is too small in raising more awareness. The more we know, the more prevention is possible. Knowledge is power. And if that fails, you’re right – there’s always a little doggie love to give. πŸ˜‰
      Lots of love to you,

  3. utesmile Says:

    You are so right, Wiles. I usually always get at least one person talking, when I am out on the bus or underground or shop. It is nice as most of the time a smile is enough. With all this technology lots pf people hide behind the computer, facebook etc, but are lonely at home. Getting out is the key and ineract with real people.
    I was on a packed train yesterday, and this nice young man, where I stood in front of, and smiled at, ( I smile at everyone…) said if I go far, and I said only one stop where he replied, sorry he is not a gentleman, he won’t get up for me. So I answered that at least he is very honest about it and I don’t mind. We had bit of a laugh together and got off the next stop and we both had a bigger smile on our faces.
    You Wiles always brighten my mornings, as you are the first post I read every day!
    Enjoy today!

    • I figured you would be this way, friend, with how kind you are. I love being with my mom when she has similar interactions with people around the town. I was ready to be upset for you with that man that wouldn’t give you his spot though….
      You should know your responses to my posts are among the first things I read every day – because of our time difference – and your words frequently brighten my mornings. πŸ™‚
      Lots of love,

  4. fredrieka Says:

    saying hello is what mom and I are all about..

  5. What a brilliant campaign!!

  6. It’s a simple thing but it means so much. I agree with you and say HELLO :o)

  7. That’s our job at the VA. We just say hello, and then sad people smile and pet me and say I’m cute and they used to have a dog just like me. It’s the best job in the world.

    Love and licks,

  8. Sandy Says:

    What a great (and easy) thing to do – thanks Wiley!!

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