Hello! I was looking to see how many shopping days there were until Christmas to feed into my marketing campaign. I was shocked to see there are actually only 40 days of the year left. I also discovered today, 21 November is World Hello Day. I had never heard of it and thought I would find out about it.
Origins of World Hello Day
World Hello Day was created in 1973 with the aim of developing world peace. The originators believe that peace starts with communication, hence the idea of saying ‘hello’ to people. The theme of the day is to “Greet ten people for peace”. The idea is to encourage our leaders to resolve conflicts by communication rather than the use of force.
It also emphasises the importance of personal communication to preserve peace.
Personal Communication to Preserve Peace
Please read that sub head again. Hello! Personal communication to preserve peace. That means talking to our ‘enemies’, those with opposing views, those who, maybe, have shocked us a little with their choices. Talking means discussing differences to develop mutual understanding and develop a way forward, not mud slinging. Or as my Mum would say, discuss it and then maybe ‘agree to disagree’ but not in a hostile way.
In The Noisy Confusion Of Life, Keep Peace In Your Soul
Barnet Boy posted the following on Facebook as a gentle reminder for people and I want to repeat it here.
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann, “Desiderata”
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My name is Dorothy Berry-Lound an artist and writer. You can find out more about my art and writing at https://dorothyberryloundart.com.
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