Courtesy is not dead!


Recently, Iwas asked by two separate people, to volunteer during two events.

Neither of these little jobs asked for any tremendous intellect, or required any great thought about whether or not I would help, so I instantly agreed. Both turned out to be pleasurable and much fun.

All was forgotten until I was given two separate envelopes at different times. They were lovely hand-written Thank You notes!

In these days of instant communication, tweeting and e-mails, messaging and answering machines, it was so nice to think that two busy people had purposefully sat down and, literally, put pen to paper. In those few minutes nothing else would matter, save that they gathered their thoughts together, and they expressed thanks for small deeds happily done.

Maybe the world in general might be a happier and more content place if occasionally we put pen-to-paper and not finger-to- keyboard.

3 thoughts on “Courtesy is not dead!

  1. I would posit another thought. That is, today there is an expectation that people will give their time without the need for thanks. So why should anyone take time out to use their writing abilities to undertake small but very important niceties.

    It makes it all the sweeter when individual and thoughtful courtesies are extended, knowing that in today’s ‘brave new world’ it is not usual.

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