“Courtesy is being polite and having good manners. When you speak and act courteously, you give others a feeling of being valued and respected. Greet people pleasantly. Bring courtesy home. Your family needs it most of all. Courtesy helps life to go smoothly.”
If you look up courtesy, you’ll also find favor, help and generosity. For me, it’s all tied together with giving and receiving. What you put out is what you get back… When I live in a way where I have courtesy and respect for others, everything about how I communicate, respond and interact has a different feeling about it. My way in the world, or my “BEingness” just feels better when I am loving and courteous to others.
Take for example driving here in Colorado (and anywhere for that matter). This is is HUGE playground for practicing courtesy. Think about the conversations in the car between you and the other drivers out there. Do you ever find yourself saying things and responding in a way that you might not want your boss, or mom or dad or whoever it is in your life that you have a lot of care and respect for to see. Can you imagine if we were on video for the world to see or if those outbursts in the car were posted on our FB pages. Now that would be interesting…
We (humans) have a way of justifying just about everything in our own favor, we tend to have to be right about our perspective and spend a lot of time defending our positions and not thinking of others or being courteous. I think paying attention to the “car talk” would be a good place to start practicing.