I think we should all be nicer to each other. Many people these days seem to have forgotten their manners. They demand instead of request. I’m not talking about bowing when someone enters the room or becoming a wall flower. I’m referring to common courtesy things.
Our politicians argue and talk over each other to the point where no one can understand what they are saying. I often deal with people who ask a question and then won’t stop talking long enough for me to answer it. That isn’t communicating with someone. It’s simply talking at him or her.
When a car is coming down the road toward you quickly, you should never turn in front of that person and then dawdle. If you are in such a hurry that you can’t wait for the other car to pass the intersection, then you need to scoot on down the road so the other person is not forced to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting you.
When someone does something for you or gives you something, saying “thank you” should spring to your lips automatically. It makes both parties feel good. At least it should. When a kindness is offered and no payment or anything in return is requested, it is by no means acceptable to complain that whatever was done or offered is not good enough. If you want something different, then by all means buy it yourself or hire someone. It’s not okay to make an act of generosity seem sub par.
Along those same lines, it is just the right thing to do to bring a food or drink item when someone invites you to a home cooked dinner. You should at least ask if you can bring anything. If the meal is still being prepared when you arrive, it’s always nice to offer assistance. The same goes for cleaning up afterward.
We live in a world where we are all rushing around and distracted. Our minds run at frenzied speeds. We are thinking about all of the things that we need to get done before the end of the day, or we’re worried about our next meeting or project. It’s very easy to get wrapped up in our own lives and simply forge ahead. Our lives are all busy, and sometimes we simply forget to take other people into consideration. However, showing kindness and appreciation to another person makes the world a little sweeter. Remember, bringing joy often results in feeling joy.
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