Lately, I have been considering hiding in bed. People around here have been extraordinarily rude. I think there might be a turn signal boycott going on in Walnut Creek, and I've witnessed adults behaving in ways that would be unacceptable in toddlers. Rudeness is a disease that causes a lot of suffering, and I've been showing symptoms.
Manners matter, and I think many of us, myself included, forget this. The world can seem very hostile and nasty when we're all busy looking out for number 1. I'm trying to be more conscious of my behavior. Saying "please" and "thank you", holding doors for people, waiting patiently, and smiling at people are all simple ways to show better manners. When I run into the school office to check for PTA mail, I ask the secretaries how they are. I've learned the names of the people who usually help me at the grocery store, and I'm trying not to be an angry, impatient driver.
In the past, we were judged a great deal by our manners. As society has changed, the rules of behavior became looser. I'm thinking that things have become a bit too loose, and now, it's time to retrain ourselves to be polite and courteous.