The Norman Transcript


October 26, 2012

Tell someone good morning today

NORMAN — “Good morning:” a phrase that is so common, it is easy to say it without even knowing, but yet it is a phrase that has a power only rarely matched by rival rhetorical utterances.

We find ourselves hearing it nearly every day, from friends and family to morning television and radio shows. We also find ourselves saying it quite frequently often to our companions and children, or perhaps even to the bus driver on our daily morning commutes.

“Good morning.” It is a phrase that we can find rattling through our brains even as we utter our first breath of a new day. Sometimes it is so natural to say or hear it that it almost seems insignificant and trivial, but yet to not hear it at the beginning of a day is almost a sure bet to have exactly the opposite, a bad morning, which can lead to a bad day.

To hear the words “good morning” as we prepare to embark on the unknown is something that is remarkably important and even vital for we humble human beings. For to tell someone “good morning” is not only just a random act of kindness, that is still a rare occurrence, it is a recognition of how special a day is.

There are times when we forget that this morning period is an introduction to a day, a day that has never happened before and never will happen again.

We forget that this day contains the moments that oftentimes make life worth living. So, when we wish someone “good morning,” we are telling friends, strangers and others, “Welcome to this new and beautiful moment, which hopefully is one of many found in the story of your life.” We are telling each other when we say “good morning,” “May this day bring you all that you need to enjoy life to the fullest.”

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