During this pandemic, it has been crucial to get out of the house and keep moving as much as possible - to help both my mind from going numb, and my bum too. I have been cycling or going for a walk almost every day.
On my cycle ride, I always go down the same street to finish the ride. It has a nice downhill section (which my legs are very grateful for). At the bottom of the hill is a house with a beautiful front garden.
Every time I cycle past this one home, I marvel at the home owner's vibrant colored flowers, and luscious green foliage. It always catches my eye.
A few days ago, as I began my routine descent down the hill, I spotted an elderly man sat in the beautiful front garden.
Thanks to the cycling skills, my dad had taught me, I was well poised to wave at the man and show my appreciation for his lovely garden. So, when I got to the bottom of the hill I picked up one hand from my handles and threw it into the air - I joyously waved in the direction of the man sat in his chair.
Our eyes locked - he responded with shock - I think he was slightly taken aback by my exaggerated wave because he didn't wave back. I continued cycling, ignoring the fact I just got blanked...
The next day, I took the same route. The man was out tending to his flowers again. Forgetting slightly that he had ignored me the last time, I waved again. This time though. He waved back! And it was accompanied by a massive smile!
Now, I don't know about you but for me when a total stranger waves back something inside me just lights up. My heart becomes full. And adrenaline shoots through me.
A wave is a little thing.
From now on, I make sure to go for a cycle at the same time (almost) every day because I have a hope that I will get a big wave and a smile back from the lovely man, sat in his garden at the bottom of the hill.
A little wave (connection) seems to have a big impact on my mood. It fills me with appreciation - for others and life! I also finish the cycle back to my house wondering if it brings others the same joy... I hope it does.
A wave is a not so little thing.