Yes, courtesy now seems to be an art. And one that not everyone is aware of. It is easy to master and is such a simple thing.
When you go through a door behind someone it is always a blessing when they don't let the door go in your face, especially when you are holding a child or grocery items. Checking behind you as you go through takes only seconds. Holding the door for someone with an arm load is a most courteous thing to do.
Courtesy is holding open the door for someone!
When you are walking down the street in any given city at any given time, it is nice to see people share the sidewalk. When there is one of you and two or three people coming at you, they don't move over. There really isn't anything hard about it - step forward or backward to form a single line on the sidewalk. It is a good idea to remember, simple kindness.
Courtesy is one of those things that is so easy to do. If we ever want to see change in the world, one of more love and concern for our fellow travelers here on earth this could be one way to do it.
Courtesy can make our road an easier one to travel!
This is something we need to remember to teach our children as well. Why would we not? As a parent it is such a pleasure to have someone comment on the politeness of your children and how well-mannered they are.
How about kindness in traffic? Does it not make a better start or finish to your day when someone lets you in a long line of traffic? Your confidence in mankind restored? Why not pay it forward?
Courtesy is sharing a bench!
The same goes for signaling. Don't think of it as part of what you do as a driver, think of it as a consideration to others. Maybe more people would remember they have signal lights in their cars.
If you can't make a dinner reservation, call back and let them know that you can't make it. It only takes a moment.
Giving someone your seat!
The same goes if you call someone regarding items they have for sale. You have made arrangements to go and view it. Then you found something else in the meantime or you just didn't want it anymore. Call the person back and let them know you won't be there. They can get on with the business of selling their items and you haven't really put out any energy.
There are so many things that can be added to this list. What ways can you think of to be more courteous to others around you?
'The Art of Living with Yourself and Others' by Sister Mary Mercedes can be found on Amazon.com. Sister Mary, a Dominican sister and teacher for more than 50 years first wrote the book in 1910 and it still has a lot of relevance for us now. From her book she states "Courtesy is a way of living inspired by thoughtfulness, consideration and respect for others and yourself".
Courtesy is a beautiful thing!
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