When was the last time someone held a door for you, let you go ahead of them in the grocery line, or said “please” or “thank you?”We sure hope you answered “today,” or better yet, “just a minute ago!”September is National Courtesy Month so it is a perfect time for brushing up on pleasant behavior. Here are some things we should all pay attention to:
- Holding doors – you never know when someone behind you could use a little help. Unless you look. When entering or exiting a building, take a glance backwards to see if there is someone who may not want a door slammed in his face.
- Those darn cell phones – why is it that when we have one to our ear, courtesy just goes right out the window? Not to mention our personal safety. People have been seen stepping into ongoing traffic because they were too engrossed in cell phone conversations. Pay attention to your surroundings while on your phone. If it is not safe, or if you are disturbing others with your conversation (which is usually the case whether you choose to admit it), end the call or go to a less-compromising location.
- Navigating traffic – there may be no better time to remain courteous and calm than when you are behind the wheel of a car. Sure, you may be late for an appointment, or perhaps you’re just not in the mood to share the road. Nevertheless, it is necessary to do so. Besides, you never know what the person who just cut you off may be dealing with in her own life. Patience, and safety, first!
- Be mindful – this is what it all boils down to. When you are aware of your surroundings and the other people who exist, you create the opportunity for a win-win situation. Courtesy is so easily paid forward. Showing deference to others - even with just a smile - snowballs into a more peaceful world.
What will you do to acknowledge National Courtesy Month? Tell us here!