A Not So Common Courtesy

Courtesy is often defined as the displaying of politeness in one’s behavior toward others. The word “common” is often attached to the word courtesy forming the dynamic duo we know as “common courtesy”. Common courtesy seldom exists in today’s society. Society has now shifted to mindset of only looking out for him or herself (often referred to as “Numero Uno”). We experience examples of this every day we choose to leave our places of residence and venture out into the unknown regions of this world. I’d like to apologize in advance for the rant that will ensue in the next few lines you will read related to today’s subject matter.

Let’s not rush through a pink light (a light that’s been yellow for a while and is now turning red) at an intersection and block two lanes, thus causing a bottleneck in traffic. Let’s try to use manners and perhaps acknowledge someone’s expression of kindness towards us with a simple “thank you”. I may be talking crazy but let’s attempt the unfathomable and stop in order to allow a motorist to turn into traffic and proceed ahead of us (this occurs once every blue moon in Texas). Let’s allow the person with one item in their cart to jump ahead of us in line seeing as we have a cart full of items. Also if you have a cart overflowing with items, don’t proceed to check out all those items at the self-check-out kiosks at Wal-Mart.

We’ve all had experienced situations where courtesy was nonexistent. Courtesy is an element which we need to re-implement in society. Just so we are all on page 40 at the same time, I want to make it clear that common courtesy does not involve you allowing yourself to become a welcome mat for everyone to dust their feet on or walk all over you. A simple injection of common courtesy can make a world of difference in the lives of those around us. So I implore you to take common courtesy out for a test drive sometime!

Cape Diem fellow bloggers..

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