Courtesy

“He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love”. These words of wisdom form the theme of my post today. Merriam-webster defines courtesy as: “behavior marked by polished manners or respect for others”.

Many a times there are things that we do not give much importance to or take for granted. For instance common courtesies such as greeting and welcoming someone, saying please and thank you, and even replying to e-mails on time or returning a call, hold great value. These seemingly trivial things can really affect our lives in a big way. I believe that the seed of mistrust can be planted if the right response is not given at the right time. We must at the same time be polite with others- the ones we know and even the ones we do not know that well. After all that is what courtesy is all about.

While we expect others to be courteous, we must be cognizant of the need for ourselves to be courteous and polite. In the fast-paced world, while it can be challenging to keep up with commitments, it is equally important yet easy to communicate instantly. Certain situations require speedy communications and a delay sometimes implies rudeness.

Having discussed the importance of courtesy and timely communications, courtesy also demands that such beautiful traits are instilled in individuals from childhood. It surely becomes much easier when something like common courtesy becomes a habit. Acknowledging someone for what they are or what they do positive is a nice habit that does wonders in creating lasting friendships.

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Published in: on May 24, 2011 at 2:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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