As kids we learn the meaning of Green, Yellow, and Red. Green means ‘Go’. Yellow means ‘Slow’. Red means ‘Stop’. Unfortunately there are way more Red signs than Green and way more than Yellow, seems that we are always asked to ‘Stop’.
Do Not Enter, Do Not Touch, No Trespassing, No Soliciting, No Pets Allowed, Do Not Cross, Do Not Disturb, Do Not Remove, Do Not Reverse, Do Not Feed The Animals, Do Not Park, No Stopping, Stay Off The Grass, No Standing, No Bicycles, No Skateboards, No Swimming… Always a Red light!
Yellow signs are there to make us aware of our surroundings. Keep us safe. Keep those around us safe. Share the Road, Slow for Children, Bump, Dip, Dead End, Church, School, No Passing, Pedestrian Crossing, Animal Crossing, Bicycle Lane, Jogger Lane… Yellow!
Green is always Go. No mystery. No surprises. The one color that allows us to move, feel free, express only needs the color. No words needed. Weather we see it as a circle or a stick figure, once we see it green we… well… we Go!
So every once in a while we see signs in other colors. Signs that make us stop and look again. We may not recognize the color. We may not recognize the shape. They may be typed, painted, or hand painted. But they do get our attention.
So one morning as I was visiting with a friend at a local coffee shop we decided to sit at outside tables to enjoy the fresh beach-side air. Along the side of the coffee shop there is a tall wood fence. The fence for the most part is a division, a protection, a wall.
On this particular morning there was a small piece of paper taped to the wall. In very clear, nice, and readable hand writing there was a message. Big enough only if you got close enough to read. ‘Hope you have a great day’.
Six words, one sentence, a message, a simple wish. For the person sitting nearby or passing by, not a long term commitment or a forever and ever dream, just a message based on hope. That if only for today you have a great day.
And you know what… I did!
I enjoyed the rest of my visit with my friend. I said hello to folks I acknowledged passing by. I held doors open for folks. I tipped an extra dollar at the counter when I ordered breakfast and even my tacos tasted better.
All based on the hope of one person that was thoughtful enough to post this small paper with just six words. I wonder if this person hoped that someone would read it and would follow their instructions or did they have faith that it would happen?
Either way in world where we have so many Reds and Yellows it’s nice to know that there are Greens to help us move along follow our paths, enjoy the journey. So I’ll relay the message, “Hope you have a great day!”