A Hope in a Greeting, Word, or Phrase

I have often heard, and for a long time believed, there is power in the tongue and power in words.   That is why I believe there is power to communicate hope for today to others in the greetings, words, or phrases people speak and/or write to one another.

The North American greetings, “Hi” or “Hello” do not have the power, meaning, or significance, however, that some of the greetings from other cultures or countries have.

If, however, North Americans say, “Good day,”  “Have a good day,” or “I hope you have a good day,” these greetings communicate a hope that people will actually have a good day.  Several other countries of the world use the “good day” greeting.

If North Americans say, “May you be blessed,” “God bless you,” or “Blessings,” these greetings communicate the hope that people will actually be blessed with good things.  I know that the Spanish say  “Go with God” in their native language, which is much the same as “God bless you.”

Because I believe hope is a universal language, I love and want to share some of the greetings, words, or phrases used by other cultures or countries around the world.  I also share how these words, greetings, or phrases communicate hope and show respect for the dignity of others.

I would love to add to the list below.  If you know of other greetings, words, or phrases used to communicate hope, please leave me a comment in the Comment Section below.  I can always update this post.

Namaste:  Namaste is a Sanskrit reverential salutation.

A popular definition of Namaste is:  “The spirit in me respects the spirit in you,” or “the divinity in me bows to the divinity in you.”  Namaste is a word that communicates both a “spiritual respect” and “a hope for peace.”

Ubuntu:  Ubuntu is a southern African Bantu word.

Ubuntu translates as “I am because we are,” or, “a person becomes human through other persons,” or “I am what I am because of what we all are.”  Ubuntu communicates a “hope for a universal bond that connects humanity to a universal or communal whole.”

Shalom (שָׁלוֹם):  is an Israeli Hebrew greeting or salutation.

In Hebrew/Yiddish, it is Sholem, Shoilem, Shulem.

Shalom is also found in many other expressions and names in other languages.

The Hebrew word Shalom translates into English as hello or goodbye.  Shalom, when used as a greeting, communicates a “hope for peace, completeness, fulfillment, harmony, and welfare of others.”  It can refer to peace between man and God or between two countries.  It can also refer to the well-being, welfare or safety of a person, or group of people, or nations.


Aloha is an Hawaiian greeting.

Aloha  is an Hawaiian greeting that expresses love, kindness, affection, pity, compassion, and grief.  Someone said, “Aloha makes our lives whole, gives power to our words, and fills our actions with purpose…”  Aloha communicates a “hope that our every thought benefit each other and the world around us.”


Satyagraha is a Sanskrit word and a concept Mahatma Gandhi introduced.

Satyagraha refers to an underlying truth or force against which the powers of violence are powerless.  It includes a willingness for self-sacrifice and a refusal to inflict injury upon others.  Satyagraha communicates “a hope for a determined but nonviolent resistance to evil.”

Tikkum Olam

 Tikkum Olam is a phrase used In Jewish prayer.

The phrase is in the Aleinu, a Jewish prayer that is traditionally recited three times daily. The Aleinu praises God for allowing the Jewish people to serve God. Tikkum Olam communicates “a hope that the world one day will recognize God.”

The phrase tikkun olam is used in the longer expression l’takken olam b’malkhut Shaddai, “to perfect the world under God’s sovereignty.”

Mitakuye Oyasin

Mitakuye Oyasin is a Native American phrase.

Mitakuye Oyasin communicates the thought and carries “a hope that all creation realize that they are relatives, and they are one.” 

Lakota Holy Man Black Elk said:   “Peace…comes within the souls of men and women when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the Universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the Universe dwells Wakan Tanka (The Creator), and that this center is really everywhere. It is within each of us.”

Because words have power, it is important that people carefully choose the words they speak to their children, family, friends, loved ones, neighbors, and strangers.  Words can bless, and they can also hurt or harm people.

People can choose to use greetings, words, or phrases in their own native language or another language, which can bless other people and communicate hope for their holistic wellbeing.   Some people might even choose to use some of the greetings, words, or phrases included in this article.


If you liked this article, you may also like A Hope in The Art of Blessing found at https://ahopefortoday.com/2012/03/26/a-hope-in-the-art-of-blessing/.

You may also be interesting in learning about the new Hope Unites Globally HUG Award© initiated by A Hope for Today.  You can read about it at https://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/.

6 comments on “A Hope in a Greeting, Word, or Phrase

  1. its amazing but u didnt use in arabic assalam alaiykum which means peace be upon you.


  2. Alba says:

    Gr8.. Obviously sumptuous investment!


  3. precious says:

    blessings to your heart is sent from me with so much love. Thanks for the power!


  4. berlinspires says:

    Thx for using my photo!


  5. Oh, these greetings and the explanations are so wonderful….so very very special to see such similar caring sentiments from so many cultures, from all over the world…thank you for researching, wonderful graphics and ideas… (and the bonus of that big graphic “hug” on the sidebar…I loved that hug!)…warm smiles to you, Kathy


    • Connie Wayne says:

      Thanks Kathy. I am so glad to know that someone else loves these beautiful words and sentiments from around the world. I have PhotoBucket to thank for the graphics. Glad you got the “Hug.” Blessings, Connie


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