Friday, November 19, 2010

It Doesn't Take Much

OK, so here's one of those moments when you'll see me frustrated.  I just don't understand people sometimes.  It's nothing major, but it's just the little things that irritate me.  Now, me being me, I'm not going to give you a list of complaints.  As I said, I want to keep this positive.  Instead, I have one small request for all of you (ok, 7 small requests ... but they really are small).  These are just a few simple things that can make a person's day just a little bit easier.  And if what goes around comes around (which I wholeheartedly believe it does), it could do the same for you just when you need it the most.  So please, if the opportunity presents itself, please please please do the following:
  1. Smile when someone greets you (or at least acknowledge them with a nod, a hello, or even a grunt).
  2. Say please when you ask for something, rather than commanding someone to do it.
  3. Say thank you when someone does something for you.  Remember: she didn't have to be nice, she chose to.  Recognize and appreciate that.
  4. Say you're welcome after someone thanks you (again, it's simple acknowledgment and recognition).
  5. Hold the door if you see someone coming ... especially if you see that her hands are full.
  6. Move your stuff off of the seat next to you when you see someone looking at the only empty seat on the crowded train.
  7. Move out of the doorway before you stop walking, especially when there are dozens (or hundreds) of people walking behind you.
These are so basic, such simple ways to make a connection with another human being.  Yet all too often they are forgotten in the rush of all we've got to do.  When someone is having "one of those days," every little interaction makes a difference.  Every choice not to interact makes a difference, too.  Which difference do you want to make?

If you like what you read, tell a friend!  Actually, tell me too - post a comment below!!  If not, well ... I'm all for honesty, but please be gentle!

1 comment:

  1. Kerry,

    You are talking about common courtesy and manners, which is sorely lacking in today's society. I agree 100%!!! :D

    Love ya,

    Julie :)