It seems such a little thing — to be courteous to others. How much effort does it really take to:

Let a car in when stuck in a line of traffic
Hold a door for someone (woman or man)
Help pick up something someone dropped
Give that best parking space to someone else, because you CAN walk a little further.

These are little things we can do every day.

Unfortunately I see so much of the opposite going on: people who are in such a hurry that courtesy is far removed from their repertoire of daily skills. Or is it people who are so into themselves that they don’t care for others? Or that they don’t care, period?

I read an interesting thing the other day that said that people who own high end cars (BMW owners, I believe topped the list), are the rudest and least likely to be courteous. Does money and wealth change who we are; or is it the choices we make?

I can relate so many discourteous happenings that I sometimes wonder if humanity has given up their humanity. I get upset and depressed because I see so much rudeness and deliberate negativity toward others. Maybe I am more sensitive because I write about positivity, and all this negativity just seems unbearable at times.

The truth is WE can choose courtesy NOW! Every day; every chance we get. Maybe it won’t change everyone; but I can tell you this — it makes all the difference to me when I am at the receiving end, or when I see someone else offer such to another. [Whenever I witness courtesy these days, I have gotten into the habit of giving the person a free book when I have one handy.]

And think about this: courtesy is only the beginning. It is the simplest of positive things we can do. Next blog I am going to wax a bit about choosing kindness. That’s taking courtesy to the next level, and the next.

Start with courtesy — make the effort every chance you get. You’ll feel better, and you will help some else feel better to, I guarantee it. And if it is me — then I thank you in advance. Love yah!

Joe Koob


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