The Lost Art of Being Courteous

I can’t help but think that our society has forgotten how to be courteous.  This thought came to me today as I was leaving Starbucks (had to get my pumpkin spice latte fix for the season) and I held the door open for this lady to come in as I was leaving.  She did not even acknowledge my presence, and if I may say so myself, it was kind of hard to miss me in my bright red coat.  That got me to thinking of the number of people who this morning in my long traffic filled commute I let change lanes in front of me who did not even give some sort of nod or wave thank you.  I found myself saying out loud in my car “you could have at least said thank you”.  Do they think that it s their right to have these things done for them or is it that as a society we have just forgotten how a simple form of thank you can make someone’s day.  Come on people in these days of stress and worry with economies falling and employment rates rising the least we  can do is still try to be courteous to each other.  It really does not take that much time and effort and the rewards are great.  As the popular saying goes it takes more muscles to frown than to smile.  So how about it smile, say thank you and make someone’s day.

2 thoughts on “The Lost Art of Being Courteous

  1. It’s been a long time since I worked in retail, but I tried to remember my customers back then, and I always acknowledge staff now (sometimes with a quick “thanks”, sometimes just “have a great day/night/afternoon”)


  2. I’ve been there too. And I always try to indicate a thanks to someone who lets me slip in ahead of them or does something else nice for me. Like you it is a little discouraging when the little niceties I do go unacknowledged.


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