I work with someone who is very courteous. I work with many courteous people, but one in particular inspires me to be more polite. I was in a meeting with him this week, and he got up in the middle of it to close the blinds in the room. The sun was shining in someone’s eyes. Not his eyes. Someone else’s eyes. He didn’t close the blinds to help himself. He closed the blinds to help someone else. He didn’t comment on it. He didn’t make it a big deal. He simply got up and did it. I’m not even sure anyone else noticed it.
It shouldn’t be old fashioned to be polite.
It shouldn’t be unusual to go out of your way to hold a door.
It should be commonplace. It should be the way we all behave. Polite and respectful should be the norm.
I am not venturing into conversations about politics or social media or any of the many other things around which we could discuss civility. I am truly just talking about the way I want to behave on a day to day basis with the real people I know and with whom I spend my time. I want to be more polite, more respectful, more considerate in manner. I want to do small things without being asked, without expecting thanks.
There is great strength in quiet graciousness.