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I Remember When

I guess you can officially call me a “senior citizen.” In fact, sometimes I even sound like my grandmother when I begin sentences with “I remember when.”

two older people on a park bench

The other day after being on social media viewing some distasteful things and almost having a door slammed in my face by a rude teenager, I started to think back to the way things were when I was growing up. I was brought up to be respectful and use good manners, as I’m sure you were. I know things have changed, but I believe not all of them are for the better.

I don’t want to sound like a cranky old woman, but here are ten things that make me want to turn back the hands of time.

I remember when…
1. Sending out birthday cards and hand written thank you notes was considered the polite thing to do.

2. Men and women held the door open for the person behind them.

3. Saying please and thank you came easily and naturally.

4. When we used something, we cleaned up after ourselves.

5. During a conversation we were fully present and not distracted by electronic devices.

6. We dressed like a lady or gentlemen and respected our bodies.

7. We treated our elders with respect.

8. Ladies and gentlemen did not use vulgar language in public.

9. Making uninterrupted time for family and friends came naturally.

10. Sitting down and enjoying a meal without a phone in our hand, ear buds stuffed in our ears or the television blaring in the background was how you ate dinner.

So let me ask you this: Is it just me or has our society turned into a bunch of rude narcissists? I’m not saying everyone – I’m not and I’m sure you’re not.

Here’s what I’d like you to do: During the next few days look around and take notice of how people are interacting with one another.
Do people seem distant, detached and out and out rude?
Do people seem more stressed, anxious and angry?
Do people use their electronic devices instead of interacting personally?
Do people seem more self-centered, self-absorbed and impatient?
Do people smile and say hello when you pass them?

Let’s be the change we want to see happen around us.
Let’s say please and thank you more often.
Let’s make sure we hold a door open for the person behind us.
Let’s listen politely when someone is speaking.

Are you with me? Let’s consciously make time to show others how to be thoughtful and polite members of society. Let’s be the day-to-day role models of respect, good manners and thoughtfulness.

All right, maybe I do sound like my grandmother. If so, I’m proud of it.

 
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