Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Results Are In

This was beginning to seem like the day that never ends……and I was beginning to wonder if I was going to have time to sit and write tonight…..but alas….here I am.  Like everyone else, I’m busy……sometimes too busy, yet it is on the days when my busy-ness hits its highest marks that I most need to pause…..to reflect…..to play…..and most importantly pray.  Tonight, I reflect & play here at my keyboard.
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.....now on with the show.....
I’m rather excited to announce my results from the “Less Than Scientific Social Experiment”
 It started by pondering the quote “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation” from Thoreau’s “Walden Pond.”  READ ABOUT PREVIOUS PONDERINGS HERE.  ……and whilst there is little I can do about the “desperation” part of it, I’ve been chipping away at the “quiet” part.
I had observed verbal greetings between students passing each other on the sidewalks were rare.  This seemed empty……so, for a day, I verbally greeted each student I passed.…..then I stopped……back to the silence….which is where the Thoreau thing came in…….and subsequently this experiment.
I’m back to greeting all students all day, but for the sake of being *slightly* scientific and in an effort to control my “variables,”  I have only compiled statistics covering the same route, going to the same class, and using the same “greeting.”  My greeting of choice was “morning.”  …..primarily because this experiment took place prior to 1000 and therefore prior to “morning” becoming “good.”
I have discovered that 50% of students greeted responded with a verbal greeting in return.  Of that 50% approximately 60% returned the gesture with the same greeting offered to them, “morning.”  …..20% said “good morning.”  …..and the remaining 10% were more creative.*
*All statistics have been rounded for your viewing pleasure.
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In other “greeting” news, the “Greet Team” at my church, LifePoint has new “uniforms.” 
See photo.....they seem apropos.

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