To show friendliness, it has been said If you smile at people you meet, there is a chance they may smile back at you,
but if you are both wearing a mask neither of you can tell if the other one is smiling back. You can greet people by nodding your head.
You can say good morning, good evening, etc., without taking your mask off, I would not advise having close-up lengthy conversations even with your mask on. We cannot let COVID-19 prevent us from being friendly and kind toward each other.
When you are walking or jogging and you approach someone, do not turn your head in the other direction, or cross to the other side of the street, just to avoid being friendly, and if possible, make eye contact with the approaching person and a slight nod of your head.
Try to be considerate of others by doing things like holding open the door or letting someone go ahead of you in line. During a conversation, with a mask on at a safe distance maintain good eye contact to show that you value the other person’s time and what they have to say.
What most people do not know is that being kind to someone lightens your burden, that is the reward for being kind. There are rules and laws in motion that works for you or against you, and you are the one who determines whether it works for you or against you.
The same is with being honest, truthful, etc. if you do these things with people there is a reward for you somewhere that will benefit you in many ways. When you help people, who need help you are ensuring that whenever you need help, it will be available.
We can do phone calls, text messages, and emails to our acquaintances to let them know we are thinking about them. Ask your acquaintance if they know someone who could use some distance company. We want to try to keep people in touch with each other without physically visiting them.
If you live in Texas you can start visiting family, friends, and acquaintances very shortly because Governor Abbot is going to lift some of the COVID-19 restrictions on March 10th. It is going to be good to mingle with people again without wearing a mask, but is it going to be safe to do that?
Maybe Governor Abbot should wait until everyone has had the COVID-19 vaccine before he opens up the state of Texas again. While that is a great idea, but people are getting sick and tired of being sick and tired of staying at home away from other people.
On fair weather days, I go to the park if it is not crowded, and I make it a point to wave and/or nod at people who pass by. I do the same thing at the supermarket. Anything that will help relieve the tension I see in the eyes above the masks.
By now I am sure you have found ways to keep casual contact with family, and friends and starting next week we can meet family, and friends at the restaurants again. I myself will wait a little longer before I attend religious worship services, go out to dine at restaurants, and/or going to a bar for a drink.
The sad part is some people are so tired of staying home and wearing masks, that they are going to let all of the COVID-19 precautions fly out of the window, which may defeat the purpose of trying to get things back to normal again.
Whatever we decide to do with or without the masks, let us be aware of the problems that can occur, also at the same time let’s keep being kind and friendly to all people we come in contact with.
by: Debra N. | Photo: Pixabay