When was the last time someone opened a door for you or said "Thank you" when you did the same for someone else? Can't remember? Nor can I. They say, the Victorian Age of mannerisms has waned to a degree of extinction. How is it we have come to such a degree of rudeness and disrespect or disregard for our fellow humans?
Studies have found, that our modern day life style has had a dramatic influence on the way we treat ourselves and others. We are working according to each nano second with little or no time for play and relaxation. Our boss expects us to work over-time, weekends and holidays without additional monetary compensation. Our family also expects us to spend quality time with them. We don't have that time because there isn't any more time left. We get frustrated, angry and despondent. It is at this point we lose all sense of respect for family, co-workers, friends and even ourselves.
We can't have a civil conversation with others due to the fact they are on their cell phone or Blackberry. Some are so tired they can't hear you for being almost unconscious. We are turning into atonotoms. Hence, we are completely unaware that somebody opened that door or said "Good Morning" to us. We fail to respond respectfully or are unaware that a respectful gesture has been committed. We are off in our own little pathetic void world.
How do we learn to be polite and gracious again? We don't. We already know the rules. We already know how to communicate respectfully. We already know how to listen, to say "No" to our boss, to spend invaluable time with our loved ones, to say "Thank You Very Much" when a courtious act has been performed. We have to untrain ourselves and smell those roses again. Those twenty four hours each day will never increase or decrease. Time will always be the same. It's what we do with them that matters. Smile and laugh more. That can be infectious. Take pride in yourself and be proud of your accomplishments. Compliment others when it's deserved. Observe the beautiful things in life and relish their existence. Not only will those manners come back but your sense of health and welfare will improve greatly. Using yourself as the example will undoubtedly affect others helping them to change their ways. I love the statement "Back To The Future".
What a beautiful experience.