Please and Thank You...
You remember that right? For most of us we were taught that at an early age. You also said, “excuse me or pardon me”, when maneuvering through the masses. It was the tip of the iceberg that expanded as you grew from being an adorable infant to a testing the waters toddler and more.
It was part of basic behavior training 101. It was called learning manners. Learning what behavior is acceptable for a given scenario. You probably remember it quite well because if you didn’t your mom, dad, grandma and even teachers would be there to remind you.
So what happened?
Has Covid made you, me and all those people standing 6 feet away forget about manners? Yeah I get it, were all just trying to survive and I get that, but here is the thing. A lot of you (you know who you are) have just gotten rude, really that is what it is and what is worse is that it has rubbed off onto your kids.
So where am I going with this? Well come to find out and not a big surprise is all that pre-k learning is a stepping stone for the future you obtaining your dreams and desires. It stems from the fact that please and thank you are the first steps to wait for it…GRATITUDE.
Gratitude goes hand in hand with mindfulness which is as I see it a new way of putting manners out there without feeling controlled or influenced. Why? Well because you are choosing to be mindful and show gratitude.
So it is possible your mom, dad, grandma were all too busy raising you and paying the bills and maybe they did not notice your manners. Maybe your obnoxious behavior was something they hoped you would grow out of.
It may of also have been that they saw it as being outgoing, rambunctious, becoming accepting of your disregard to interrupting them while talking to someone whether in person or on the phone. So slowly without intention it happened.
You grew up, made friends who probably were the same in that area. Where I came from an era of share and share alike, you and definitely your kids in these times are taught and shown to NOT share and its going to show later in their life as you are seeing yourself today.
Today full grown adults everywhere are having to learn how to be grateful for what they have. It is crazy to think that somehow they (I am not pointing fingers, that’s rude) missed the boat when they were little but it happened all the same.
Even worse the little angels brought into this world have even less knowledge of that I will call it old school terminology which was learning manners. Maybe you thought it doesn’t matter, wrong.
For all the right reasons learning manners is the stepping stone towards your success in life so learning it early makes life so much better for you, them and all of us around you. So if you want to give a boost to your off-springs future, teach them some manners it is that important.
It doesn’t stop there like I said in the beginning it is the tip of the iceberg. Learning to be grateful has a far reaching ability that few think of. You see besides being mindful of that which you have and appreciate the recipient of your mindfulness is the final piece to a complete circle of gratitude.
Yes and it does not matter whether you are thanking this earth, the trees, your spouse, the person at the grocery store, the bus driver, in doing so you enhance both you as the giver and the receiver whether you knew that (well you do now) or not. So simple yet something many of us forget, forgot or never learned.
In conclusion take nothing for granted because gratitude is a quality that is a must to live a good life. So simple, yep so simple we forgot, do not forget and if you do well you will be trying to figure it out later.
Please and thank you brings beauty to life. Like a rainbow in the sky, an expression of thanks decorates the heart of the giver and the recipient. It quenches the thirst of our hearts like rain quenches the dry earth . Let us all express our heartwarming gratitude and make our lives and this planet a better place.
Let me know what you think in the comments if you feel like sharing…
Be kind and let your heart shine, sounds like a bumper sticker, hmmm.
Talk to you soon,