Common Courtesy and Respect

1401 WordsFeb 4, 20136 Pages
Where has our common courtesy and respect gone? Lionel Wijesiri "When music and courtesy are better understood and appreciated, there will be no war. (Confucius) Most of us belonging to pre-Gen X (people who are 60+ of age) will agree that both young and not-so-young amongst us have become less considerate and more selfish than they used to be few decades ago. We know it through personal experience, and we know it through published studies. By performing a kind act, one makes the world a slightly more pleasant place to live. It’s like that series of commercials where one person sees another person doing something inspired or heroic, and then at a later time makes a point of paying it forward. This happens again and again. It…show more content…
Or compliment the person serving you on something (the service, their attitude, their smile – whatever might apply). Resist the urge to rush through the door to wherever you’re going – hold it for the next person. Let someone (a mother with a cranky child, an elderly couple, the shy-looking kid with the two bags of chips and six-pack of pop) go ahead of you in line at the grocery store. Acknowledge all the people who do all the ‘menial’ tasks that make your life so much easier or better – the policeman at the corner, the bus driver, the garbage man, the mail carrier. Change A couple of days ago, I was nearly run over in the store by a young mother and her two kids. No apology, no recognition, nothing. Too often these days, this seems to be the prevailing behaviour; the general attitude is "Me, me, me". Why does our society seem so angry? I don’t know what has caused it. I do know it can be changed by one person at a time changing his or her behaviour. One of the things you can do is to take a look at your anger. Who did it to you? Who made you mad? Find out. Write a Resentment Inventory. List everyone you blame for your life and everyone you resent. Who done you wrong? What did they do? Write it down. Then forgive every one of them, release them and let it go. It might release the resentment and blame from your consciousness. Let us get back to good old days when we

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