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When Less is More

Back in the pre-Covid days, when I used to drive the girls to and from school, we would see a woman in our neighborhood out for morning and afternoon walks.

Every day, our paths would converge in nearly the same spot – she walking, us driving. 

Every day, the girls and I would smile and wave from the car. And every day, the woman would not wave back. Her arms would remain close to her sides. 

I hadn’t thought about the woman in some time. A few days ago, when there was a tiny break in the Phoenix heat, the girls and I went for an early morning walk. We saw the woman walking along the other side of the street. 

She smiled and waved. 
We exchanged hellos.
She commented on the beautiful morning.
The girls said her dog was cute. 
She said it was nice to meet us.
We wished her a happy day. 

We may have less of each other right now – but in other ways, we have more of each other than ever before.

Author: Alyssa Forcehimes, PhD

An expert in behavior change, substance use disorders and empathic communication, Dr. Alyssa Forcehimes serves as President of The Change Companies® and Train for Change Inc.® She lives in Arizona with her husband and two daughters.