Seniors: Common Courtesy and its Benefits

Jan 19th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

My gratitude for still being mobile and thoughtful, considerate and aware attempts to manifest itself . It comes out in saying excuse me, when I walk in front of someone in a department store, holding the door for someone not so mobile, considerate of persons who may enjoy a pleasant greeting, aware of others who may be having difficulty with their bags or car door or other demand.  Whew, that was a long sentence.  But sometimes, when wanting to exhibit thoughtfulness, it just takes time and more breath.  

Most of the time, certainly not all, the benefits of common courtesy are repaid and quickly.  Sometimes they are paid with interest, that is a conversation ensues and a new friend is made.  I know, I know there are those who simply ignore or overlook or even show disdain at any gesture of consideration.  What a shame.  Common courtesy is so easy to offer, so possible to share.  Someone drops an item, do you reach down for it?  Someone pushes ahead in line, how do you deal with the interloper?  Someone shakes or hits their child in the supermarket, how do you intervene?  Someone  is rude to the clerk or the airline attendant, or the wait person, how do you intervene?

Sure, there are occasions when leaving well enough alone may be advisable.  There are others when thought and action may be useful for reducing the tension and providing calm in an otherwise  difficult situation. Not taking a risk may be the difference in a clerk’s being fired and a rude customer walking away. 

Practicing common courtesy may create a plethora of similar behaviors. Demonstrating thoughtfulness may enable others to think about others before barging ahead themselves.  Being considerate may be the very act that another person, experiencing a very down day, is lifted up and given encouragement.

Recommendation:  When you are dressing to go out to shop, run errands, whatever check your courtesy quotient.  Be prepared for your behavior to offer kindness and benevolent behavior to others.  You may expect that your time out will be very rewarding, satisfying and fulfilling to yourself and others.

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