“Thank you…that’s very kind of you. I really appreciate it.” Sounds nice enough…doesn’t it? Problem is…it’s almost a forgotten art. Meaning… there’s this trend of not extending common courtesies to one another. Worse yet, neither side seems to care. Too many people have compromised simple acts of kindness in favor of rude responses…or worse… no response.
For me; I go out of my way to extend proper thanks for services rendered, and would not think, remotely, to do otherwise. In fact, I enjoy being polite, courteous, and accommodating; not only to everyone, but especially to the unexpected. The middle-aged and elderly appreciate kind responses, and the younger set, too often, are numb to the difference, and are “often surprised” that someone, especially a senior…who compliments, or extends a positive remark to a “junior citizen.” Think for a moment… It gives us “older folks,” and opportunity to leave a positive impression on the “younger set.”
On a regular basis, I hold the door open for people… and “not just the ladies,” but EVERYONE…and always… they respond in positive manner. And, I feel good, and proud, when someone holds the elevator for me, or the Church door. Being POLITE… is not a one-way street. We shouldn’t “wait on the other guy,” to speak first… we should be the aggressor.
Ephesians 4:29 – Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
A friend of mine, recently, told me that she was appalled at the “total lack of civility” between people of “all color,” and added that “basic civility” starts at home… “You are either taught, at an early age, to be civil… or not.”