Be Nice

I have to ask, what is wrong with people? It’s as if no one is aware that there are other people inhabiting the space around them. I recently watched as two men wrapped up in conversation, pushed open a heavy door, walked through, and then let the doors slam shut on a woman who was right behind them, her arms full of boxes. They were oblivious to her, and had no idea of their rudeness. 

As a side note to all the single men out there who wonder how to garner the attention of the opposite sex, try manners. Manners these days are rare. I for one, notice acts of kindness, and the person who was kind is always remembered as such. It’s sad that this merits mentioning.

Southern men in the U.S. have a reputation for having been “raised right”, and based on the behavior of an acquaintance of mine who was born and raised in the south, I’d say their reputation is well founded. This man is on the quiet side, and never really made an impression on me… until I witnessed his conduct. I’ve seen him give up his seat several times, hold doors, and he always says please and thank you. He went from forgettable to someone I consider a really nice guy. He could be an axe murderer for all I know, but his manners are impeccable, and that’s what’s important.

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The Daily Post, July 1,2015, Daily Prompt: The Kindness of Strangers~ When was the last time a stranger did something particularly kind, generous, or selfless for you? Tell us what happened!<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/the-kindness-of-strangers/”>The Kindness of Strangers</a><a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/the-kindness-of-strangers/”>The Kindness of Strangers</a>

4 thoughts on “Be Nice

  1. I blame a lot of it on cell phones and mp3 players. People walk around oblivious to their surroundings. They are totally in their own space. They walk distracted, drive distracted, eat distracted. They have no idea what’s going on around them.

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    1. I actually had mentioned cell phones and a few other points. I edited out half this post, because it reminded me of my ignored monologues to my children. People who are self absorbed are like teenagers with headphones blaring music in their ears. They see your lips moving, but don’t hear the words.

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  2. I have noticed this same thing in the past few years. I thought it was because I’m old and was naturally invisible to everyone, but to hear someone your age saying this, acknowledges the fact that we have grown into a society of very self absorbed people.

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