1 Peter 3:16
Yet do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you.
I was born in the 60’s. With that said, I have a great appreciation for my upbringing. I thank my parents for teaching me good manners and courtesy. Their teachings were simple: Say please and thank you, respect your elders, give up a seat for someone else, listen when spoken to without interruption (this one I had a hard time with), and display good etiquette and proper manners. Simply put, be courteous to others.
Courtesy on the Road
I remember my neighbors across the street and in the near vicinity, when I was growing up. They are part of my childhood memories. We would go to each other’s home and borrow a cup of sugar, or a glass of milk, or whatever our mom’s needed to complete a recipe. This wasn’t considered invasive, it was just part of life. Not only did we do this, but we would attend each other’s birthdays, weddings or special events. Our parents would meet to play cards, while we swam in the pool. These were the good old days. Now a days, some of us don’t even know our neighbors. Society has changed so much, that many of us don’t take the time to introduce ourselves. Maybe, it’s because we are not sure of who could be living next to us, or we are so self-involved that we don’t take the time to say hello to them. Either way, it’s a change in our lives that could be reverted.
Change can begin with each of us. We can drive with courtesy, take time to say please and thank you and make a point of saying hello to our neighbors. I believe in chain reactions. It is never too late to begin a change for the good. It is never too late to begin an avalanche of courtesy. The same way that negativity has filtered through the years, positivity can do as well. I believe it can be done. I feel that society has hope for a better future. It all begins with each one of us. So, slow down, breathe the air around you, stop and smell the roses and while you are at it, practice courtesy with those around you. I will take my advice. Today, the avalanche of courtesy begins with me. Would you like to