When you are walking city streets do you greet passersby?
As I walked the streets of Cleveland today I noticed that many people avoided eye contact and rarely did anyone offer a greeting.
This led me to consciously take note and actually count the interactions, and to observe the behaviors of everyone.
My first interaction was no more than 500 feet from my office, when I was greeted by one of the local homeless men who frequent the area. He smiled, waved and offered a friendly hello.
My walk was a little more than 1.5 miles to give you some context. After the pleasant greeting I walked in silence for about a quarter mile. During this time I encountered several people from the brother on his cell phone to the guy who slightly glanced my way, but did not make eye contact. This was the primary action of all those I encountered.
As I my walk was coming to an end, two gentlemen passed, and one offered a “Good afternoon,” before jokingly inquiring, “Is that my lunch?” Referring to the package I was carrying.
About a block later, just as I reached my office a gentleman was walking by and we exchanged pleasantries before my last greeting from a homeless gentleman.
So, what is the point you may ask? Well I have found that many people, I dare say most without conducting a true survey, do not exchange the most basic pleasantries with strangers. This lack of communication, I think helps to reinforce the climate we are now experiencing in our country.
I know I often forgo theses exchanges, but I have found that I enjoy a kind hello every now and then.
I plan to increase my interactions with those I pass on the street – just because I believe it’s the right thing to do.
I would love to hear your thoughts, so take a moment and leave a comment.
A fashionable Black Tie Gala to support Prevent Blindness
Cleveland, OH – Cleveland knitwear designer Stephanie Morris-Nunn, the vision behind The Nadira Collection, brings a night of fashion in a sophisticated environment to the Hyatt Regency At The Arcade on Sunday, October 16, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
A portion of the proceeds from the gala will support Prevent Blindness – Northeast Ohio Chapter, a member of the national Prevent Blindness. The Northeast Ohio Chapter was formed in 1993 and provides programs and services reaching virtually every northeast Ohioan with vision screenings, eye health and safety programs, advocacy efforts and programs that assist the medically indigent.
The work of Prevent Blindness is close to the heart of Nunn, who is an award-winning Knitwear Designer born with macular degeneration, a progressive eye disease, as well as high myopia degeneration. As a child, the macular degeneration diagnosed was coupled with a prognosis of blindness by age 6. Nunn has persevered and overcome that early prognosis to create intricate and beautiful knitwear that is the envy of sighted artists.
The gala will feature Nunn’s collection as well as designer presentations by Percy G. Derrick Wilson, Bohanan & Co., Ashley Monique and The Xalter Zaughn Collection. Award-winning model Nissay Harris will serve as hostess for the evening. The evening will also include special performances by The Greene Works Project and Humbly Submitted.
The Collections will be showcased by IShyne Modeling, Skip Thomas Productions, Positive Plus and Fosters Property Management, LLC.
Admission to the gala is $35 for general admission; $52 for VIP tickets, which include valet parking and a private reception; and reserved runway seating is $45.
For more information and to reserve your seat, call 216-258-2214 or 216-409-6676.