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.