If you’ve never taken a baby to the grocery store, I highly recommend it.
Recently I carried my 13-month-old grandson up and down the aisles of the market and I was so touched by the experience. Without fail, every single person made eye contact and smiled at the babe in my arms. Young, old and all ages in between did more than just notice him; they responded warmly to him. I watched children turn around and walk up closer so they could get a better look.
Imagine this experience from a baby’s eyes: everywhere he goes people are friendly. He’s seen and acknowledged. What a fabulous welcoming to this world he gets and continues to receive.
It’s not just my grandbaby. This is what we do for all babies. Isn’t it wonderful?
At some point babies grow up and stop getting all this attention and special greetings. What age does this happen? And why do we stop?
Sure, a lot of people do acknowledge one another when they are out and about in the world. That’s great but it’s generally a brief smile and nod. And far too many people pretend that they don’t see others around them in stores and on the street.
It makes me sad to think that at some point we collectively decided to ignore each other.
How I’m Treating People Like Babies
I’m making a conscious effort to be more aware of others when I am out shopping. In the past, I wore a glazed look on my face and might not have noticed my best friend if I walked right by her.
Now I am looking, making eye contact, connecting with a genuine smile of recognition. My body language says, I see you, fellow human being with whom I am sharing the planet. Hello, I wish you well.
I’m certainly not intrusive. I’m not beaming up to people like a crazed clown. However, I am making a point of smiling to everyone in a warm and welcoming way. I am intentionally seeing and affirming those around me.
How beautiful the world would be if we acknowledged all people warmly regardless of their age or appearance.
That’s the world I want.
Do you believe people are friendly?
Why or why not? What can you do to feel more connected to others today? Please comment below and share this article with people who may find it helpful, interesting or inspiring. Thank you.