Confessions: Saying Hi and Shaking Hands in Church

When the pastor or professor at the podium announces for those of us in the audience to shake hands and greet the person next to us, the inward groaning starts doesn’t it?

There is a reason stranger greeting is one of the biggest fears people have. Though it may be nested under public speaking, for me this is a little backwards. What about awkward moments, sweaty gross hand shaking and weird full body hugs? That’ll make a few people nervous! And do you really like when people pretend to be friendly and community centered when you’re really just showing up to enjoy myself or to get some much needed comfort and help?

Over the years, this Meet & Greet time has gotten much easier but I can still feel a linger thought that used to echo loud in my brain: What if I somehow come across as a failure or a disappointment?

“Remembering that you are going to die one day is the best way to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. Follow your heart.”

― Steve Jobs

Okay so what have I learned? Relax. Don’t let fear take route. Don’t judge yourself or others. Finally – Shake someone’s hand and just say hello.

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