After nearly two weeks of vacation, today I made my way back to work. I got up at my normal early hour, drove downtown amid the normal Tuesday AM traffic, parked in my normal spot in the garage, walked my normal path from the car to the office, and encountered one of the “regular” business people I often see on my morning foot commute.
Ever since March of last year, many fellow downtown workers have begun smiling at me as we pass one another – and occasionally one will even give me a slight head nod, a small wave, or even a quiet “Good morning”. However, today I passed by one fellow who just took these exchanges a step further.
Upon seeing me approach, he removed one headphone from his ear (he’s always heading to the gym when I pass him), and enthusiastically said, “Happy New Year!” I immediately smiled, and replied, “Happy New Year to you, too!”
Forget Times Square at midnight; to me, receiving such a friendly, sincere greeting from a former stranger is a great way to start a new year.
May 2012 possess an abundance of love, laughter, fun… and plenty of positive exuberance from strangers.