I like to give HUGS!
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Every Sunday in my former church home, there would be a moment in the service where everyone had to get up and introduce themselves to the person sitting next to them. It was a great time to share a smile, blessings and most of all hugs! People would hug me so tight. I really felt the love and didn't mind giving the love in return. I couldn't help but smile! It really made the energy in the church change and become more open for the message of the day.
Well, let's fast forward to when I moved to Los Angeles, CA and I went to church for the first time. I had heard so many great things about the churches here and decided to start looking for a new church home. I came in my Sundays best and sat in the middle pew area so I could really hear all of the message for that day. When it became time to stand up and welcome each other, I was ready! I stood up and turned to my right and was immediately met with a handshake right when I was coming with open arms. It felt so awkward but I don't know why, it's the same thing right? But not to me at that time. I was so used to giving hugs as my hello! Well, I eventually realized that that's how it was in that church and at a lot of other events I went to.
I can't say it was a LA thing because I'm guessing this happens in a lot of different cities across the country. I guess most Americans really do like their space. I learned how tolerable I was of people being close to me while I was in the U.S Army and stationed in South Korea. I would take the bus often because it was pretty convenient after I had a walk-through of how to get around. The buses were pretty packed and the people had to stand really close to each other but I soon realized that it was okay to be close. I didn't mind it at all. I felt a part of their daily living. I would even see males and females of all ages holding hands as they walked or ran, playfully, on the streets.
Maybe, now, I have a lot more southern hospitality deep down inside and really like to make sure that people are comfortable and welcomed. I don't know, it's just something about joining a group of people and sharing hugs all around. Then you get to see their faces light up and they start talking and sharing more than they did before!
I feel that we all need a hug sometimes. No one really knows what's going on in your life, but you. That hug could be all you need to lift your spirits. #Hugs❤
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