Have you ever thought about how important it is to learn someone’s name? I’m sure that’s not something we sit around and contemplate each day, but perhaps we should.
I’ll bet there are a number of people we speak to, each time we encounter them, whose names we don’t know. I’ll bet we’ve had conversations with some of them, numerous times.
There’s likely a cashier, server, security guard, bus driver or custodian that we speak or wave to all the time, whose name we don’t know. Worse yet, there are probably neighbors right next door that we could pick out in a line up, but couldn’t identify by name.
And the friendly old lady who hugs us in church every Sunday… the one who always sits in our row… what’s her name? Could she be related to the nameless co-worker that we talk to in the cafeteria?
Using someone’s name when we address them shows they’re important. It confirms that they are worth notice and that their existence matters. It shows them respect.
If you already know all the names in your sphere, then you deserve a round of applause. But, if there’s someone whose name you should know, but don’t, ask them the next time you see them. And use it when you see them, after that. Yours could be the only acknowledgment they’ve received in a long time.
Sounds like common sense, right? It is, but it’s worth a reminder. Because every person should know that their existence matters.
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