"Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself." -Og Mandino
Oh, for Pete’s sake, it’s a hug.
Pardon my incredulity but it’s a hug.
Excuse my Utah-ness... it’s a FETCHIN' HUG.
Has the world gone mad?
Time to face facts, guys. We are men. As such we are obligated to fulfill our very understandable, very simple, very human needs. And friendship is one of them.
It may even be primary among them. Okay, perhaps secondary to procreating but easily ranking above self-preservation. Friendship, companionship, and community are what we base everything in our world on.
Some among you might be uncomfortable with physical contact; hugging, in particular, might be unwanted. Fine, ask not to be hugged or do the missionary thing.*
Some of you might be uncomfortable risking others discomfort. Does the guy at the mall handing out sesame chicken samples worry if someone somewhere might be offended by being offered meat? Or sesame seeds?
Some among you may fear what a hug might lead to. It’s easy to imagine every great romance in history started with a hug. But I’ll guarantee a lot of other stuff happened between the hug and sex phases of the relationship.
And if anyone out there thinks they’re so uncontrollably attractive we’re going to spontaneously embarrass ourselves should we ever shake hands...
Get over yourself. :P
*Throw your hand out for a handshake quickly and firmly. Stay determined to convert the hug. Sister Johansen is really happy the discussion went well. Too happy.