When I started to write this one,
I had a specific direction I was going to head towards,
but something made me change that.
Sure it seems that somewhere along the line
we have lost this and we can most certainly blame it
on so many things.
I guess what got me to thinking is when I went to get in the car yesterday
and for some reason the idea of opening the passenger door
for someone popped into my head.
As I used my key (which unlocks all doors at the same time)
it hit me.
Back in the day, if you wanted to let someone get in the passenger seat,
you would go to their door first,
use your key,
and let them in before you did.
Doesn’t seem like that big a deal but
just that alone is one sign that courtesy and decency has been removed from our way of thinking these days.
Sure they can get in just as quick and it saves a bunch of time
but what ever happened to the simple gesture of kindness.
putting others first and all.
How about holding a door for someone with their hands full
when you are out grocery shopping.
Hard to do nowadays with those automated doors.
(can’t recall ever hearing one say “Let me get that for you” in a real voice)
These are just two ideas that came to mind,
and if I really sit and think about it,
I am sure I could come up with a few hundred more.
The advancement of technology is something we can never outrun
and let’s face it,
we don’t put much thought into the idea
of how convenient our lives are because of it
(however if you are the one with a handful of grocery bags and towing screaming kids along side you, something tells me you are thanking Jesus for that one)
So nothing can stop progress
and we have become very spoiled in the things that
make life run just a bit faster.
I guess my point wasn’t to come up with some magical formula
or dismiss the fact that technology or gadgets are always going to be a part of our lives.
Suppose I just wanted to throw the reminder out there
that at one time we did stop and think
and in some cases
actually slow down a touch to be courteous or helpful.
So we may not have to open car doors for people
or help someone at the grocery store like the good old days,
but the next time you do find yourself in that situation,
stop and think for one second.
If I could,
would I take the extra minute to do the right thing?
That’s pretty much all we can do these days
and although it isn’t any kind of solution to bring back
those old-fashioned ideals we all grew up with.
My intention is to plant the seed.
So do yourself a favor!
Don’t allow the convenience of things we take for granted,
that make us get somewhere faster or easier
(even forgetful at times)
be any sort of reason or excuse,
to forget the lessons of kindness and courtesy we have all been taught.
Let’s make decency “cool” again!
It can only happen
if it starts with
Make it a great day everybody!
God bless 🙂