courtesyCourtesy. It’s a word that means a lot to me. It is about how we treat others, regardless of whether  they are strangers, friends or family. It is, or should be, a basic part of our daily lives. That’s why it’s referred to as “common courtesy”.

When I entered the word “courtesy” into Google, the first definition that came up was exactly what I was looking for: “The showing of politeness in one’s attitude and behavior toward others.”

“Showing of politeness”, which would mean … ? How about offering a friendly smile and/or greeting when encountering someone, even if it is as you pass through a door or are riding in an elevator? Speaking of doors, hold one open for the person entering behind; who knows, she may hold the next one open for you. As you stand in line waiting for your morning coffee, don’t text or check your email. Instead, hold your head up, look around and notice life. Say good morning to the barista — wish the cashier a good day. Say “excuse me” to the person blocking your way instead of standing silently, waiting for him to read your mind and move; in all likelihood, it’s not intentional, so don’t be grouchy.

Use the Magic Words – you learned them when you were small, but do you still remember ALL of them? Please, Thank You, and You’re Welcome (not “No problem”).

People like to complain about how rude society is in general. It doesn’t take much to make a difference but showing courtesy to others really does make a person stand out to others.  “Courtesy” is a word that means a lot.


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2 Responses to Courtesy

  1. zynga chips November 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

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