Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Common Courtesy

Everyone has heard about it.  It is no myth.  Where, then, is it?  It seems that "Common Courtesy" just is not very common anymore.

Courtesy is defined by one dictionary as "excellence of manners or social conduct".  Excellence.  "Average" or "just getting by on the bare minimum" does not cut it.  No, courtesy requires one to exert some effort.

Courtesy is hardly difficult, but it does not just happen either.  One has to consciously make the effort.  Hold the door for the person behind you, especially if she is a lady, even if this requires you to pause for a few seconds to wait.  Remember those simple but important words- "please" and" thank you".

1 comment:

Molly said...

It's the little courtesies, or lack of, that make a difference.

Pet peeve of mine: When people don't wave their hand (as a THANK YOU) after I let a driver pass me, or have the right-of-way when it's not theirs.