I’m a big believer in good manners.
I’m not sure who invented the concept, though I can say with some certainty it probably wasn’t cave men, whacking each other over the head with the bones of a snaggletoothed lizard or something like that. No, I’m not sure who invented the concept, but that person is a silent genius. The amount of expression and respect one can give in the smallest of gestures is nearly unfathomable. Some of greatest hits of good manners include;
Holding the door
Saying “God bless you” to a sneeze
Picking up a dropped item for someone
Walking diligently across the street when a car allows you to cross
These are some of my favorites, anyway. But the mother of all good manners is an adjunct reaction to all of these already good deeds, and it almost serves as an after-thought. It is the pinnacle of politeness. And it’s free and easy to do.
Two words, not entirely difficult to purse together through the lips. You can even mouth them to the driver of the car who chose to stop and let you pass versus roar by you in their ten million pound Harley Davidson edition Lincoln Navigator (or their two pound Fiat 500 for that matter). That person doesn’t actually have to hear you say the words for it to be AWESOME!
The true gift is that it is so easy and free to give, but that a simple thank you can change a person’s day. The appreciation of their act will make them all warm and fuzzy inside. They will be glad they helped, and they will be eager to help again. People want to feel warm and fuzzy inside (especially if it’s snowing), so they will seek out opportunity to help others. The feeling is like a drug. A free, doesn’t ruin your teeth or your hair and you can still operate heavy machinery type of drug. And people like that kind of drug. And so they will hold open more doors, and say more “God bless yous”. It will be a worldwide phenomenon that will help change life as we know it. People will smile, which will make other people smile. Pretty soon people will be allowing others to merge on the freeway. And other people will say “No, after you. No, after YOU.” All will be right in the universe and the sun will shine and the moon will rise and the Cubs will win the World Series!!!!
And it all starts with a simple “Thank you”.
So…THANK YOU for reading my journal today!