Where Has Common Courtesy Gone?
I notice every day that more and more of the common courtesies are going by the wayside. It used to be the norm for people to hold doors for others. If you received a surprise gift in the mail, you would acknowledge it to the sender in some way. If you were in line at the grocery store holding two items, someone in front of you would offer to let you go before them and their cart full of goodies.
I still do these things … but more and more I don’t see others doing them. The surprised and pleased look on the person’s face when you let them go before you in line: though it makes you feel good, it is very sad they would be so amazed. Being nice to others just because you want to is so very rare.
How do we get back to treating others as we would like to be treated? It starts with you and me! If everyone that reads this would do something nice for someone once a day or even once a week, perhaps that would encourage someone else to pass it along. We have all heard of ‘pay it forward’ but this is even more basic than that. Open the door for someone. Let someone go ahead of you in line. Acknowledge the surprise gift you got due to the thoughtfulness of someone who cared enough to send it to you. The more you do for others, the less you focus on ‘me, myself and I’ … which is the prevalent selfishness that is all around us … perhaps even IN us … every day.
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