by Allison Bicknell
"Thank you." "Please." "You're welcome." These words seem simple to say, right? Not too long and quick to the point. Then why is it nowadays so hard for people to say these words? Manners, politeness and gratitude are obviously not important anymore, to some people. And it is not sitting well with me.
Here is some food for thought:
NO ONE IS TOO IMPORTANT NOT TO BE POLITE.
No matter who you are, what you do, how much you make, the color of your skin, and the car you drive it does not make you immune from showing gratitude or being polite.
Theodore Roosevelt said, “Politeness [is] a sign of dignity, not subservience.”
Subservience, for those of you who don’t know what it means, is the willingness to obey others unquestioningly. What the 26th President of the United States was stating in regards to his quote was being polite does not make you weak or submissive, but it makes you noble and respectful.
A lot of people like to blame someone or something. It’s easy. I hear a lot of people in my life say something to the extent of, “Well, this millennial generation has no respect for anything or even know what manners are.”
Enough blaming the millennial generation. It’ not just them. I have come in contact with adults (Boomers) that are just as or even ruder than someone my own age. So, enough putting the blame off on other generations. It’s old and overused.
The fact of the matter is, PEOPLE, not all but some, demand or feel that they are owed something. But in fact, no one is owed anything in this world. NO ONE.
A “Please and Thank You” can go a long, long, looooong way. Showing gratitude big or small can go a long, long, looooong way. We as people need to start showing gratitude everywhere we go. In the workplace, at the grocery store, in our homes. If we want to make a change or impact in the world, we have to start with ourselves. Start with a please.
I've been meaning to write a blog post for 3 days now. No, I haven't been slacking--even though some of you might be thinking that. Then again other things have come up, which made it easier to put off. I have been going to the same page or word document, or whatever you want to call it, and have been typing stuff and then deleting it. You want to know why? It's because I have this little thing called writers block. And it sucks.
Creative writers block is literally the worst. I have so many things I want to say, but I just can't seem to get anything to flow correctly or it sounds stupid or I keep thinking, "no one will read this, start over." Yeah, so not only am I dealing with writers block, but self-doubt.
The only way to get rid of both of those things is to step away and take a breath. So, that is what I did.
Struggling with writers block is nothing new to me. It happens from time to time, okay, who am I kidding it happens all the time! But every time it happens I become so over dramatic like it is the first time that it has ever happened to me.
Anyways, my inspiration for this blog comes from my writers block. And I am going to tell you how I am able to overcome this struggle.
Rule 1: I have to step away from the computer. I can't keep staring at a words being written and then typed away. I may do that for a little bit, but eventually I have to get up and change my scenery. Stepping away gives me time to think and to stop thinking too. Not thinking about what I want to write actually helps me write better.
Rule 2: I have to find inspiration somewhere. It can be small, like a funny meme or a text message. Or even the music I am listening to. You can find inspiration in the oddest places. Find something that gives you the lightbulb over your head.
Rule 3: Collaboration is a big part of how I operate. I need to ask someone for advice or just have a simple conversation with them. Asking people for help doesn't make you less of a person or writer or whatever. I think it makes you more of a person or writer or whatever. When I collaborate with people I utilize a resource that we may take for granted. Guys, when you sit down with other people the ideas just flow and flow and flow. Try it!
Just always remember to be confident in your work and yourself.
Something I need to remind myself everyday.