Courtesy as much as Courage

There was once a time when one would hurry ahead only to open the door for the one coming behind. Now a person would hardly look back to see if any was coming.

Once a lady could board a crowded train or bus and others would get up and offer her their seat. Now, she stands.

Once, driving down the road, motorists would use their turn signals and allow others to merge into their lanes. Not anymore.

But that was in the past.

A genuine “how do you do,” a hearty handshake, a smile, and a heartfelt response. Have these become relics of a previous age?

Courtesy is as much a mark of man as is courage.

Theodore Roosevelt

Courage is no doubt a virtue many would attain. Do we look at courtesy in the same light? Consider the cost it requires to show a little kindness. For you, it may only be a few seconds to go out of your way. For the recipient, the effects may leave a lasting impression paying dividends for years to come.


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