Friday, January 14, 2011

Is Courtesy Out of Style?

I’ve noticed that few people in our culture take time to be polite. People sound off if you simply cross them on the street, many send email messages that are unkind and caustic, people show so much rudeness in our work places. How do you cope with impoliteness?

The topic for one of last month's radio messages was Annoying Habits of Coworkers. As I prepared for the week, I was thinking about this problem. The level of civility and everyday courtesy has taken some dramatic moves downward in the last few years. We are surrounded by it, so let’s consider our actions.

As believers we need to make certain we follow simple courtesies ourselves: saying please and thank you, opening doors for others, letting others go first in the parking lot, smiling and greeting people. Perhaps if we role model it more consistently, others will catch on.

Then think of how you could bring this topic up in a meeting where you work or where you go to church or where you volunteer. I’m sure others are aware of it as well, and a return to simple courtesies can help to reduce the stress levels in the group. My guess is you’ll find many in agreement with you.

Please let me know what works for you.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your excellent, blessing advice on how to cope with everyday workplace environment. God Blesses you, Sister Mary Whelchel. (^~^*Lovely name.)

    My sis, and I really appreciate your blessing program TCWW. I love to show courtesy, especially in tough times at school, and work of everyday life.
    [=From: MaryJean, and Lovely.=}