Yes, it has been a real treat for my wife Kathy and I to soak in the warm tropical breeze and sunshine during our stay at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii. As you may have heard I was sharing our experiences at this beautiful location on SPIRIT this week and you now have an opportunity to win a family vacation here. Very nice!
For us, part of the fun is learning and using the language of Hawaii. Most of us already know “Aloha” means “greetings”, “hello”, or “goodbye.” We heard it every day, all day.
It reminded me that this simple, kind acknowledgement by another person made me feel valued, whether from someone familiar or a complete stranger. I then had to ask myself if my eyes are really open to those who cross my path… and do I offer a greeting that says “you are valued.”
Here’s another Hawaiian word that is very affirming: “Mahalo” – which means “thank you.” Ever catch yourself forgetting to say thanks? I can recall many missed opportunities to share that small bit of honest affirmation. It just means I need to focus on others more than myself.
These brief little moments are small ways we can show love to the world around us. Sometimes it’s a starting point of a growing conversation and deeper care for others. So, let’s give it concerted effort together!
And that’s our language lesson for the day, class… Mahalo!