Courtesy – Thought for the Every Day

Courtesy – Thought for the Every Day

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Courtesy - Thought for the Every Day. What does it mean to be courteous? Are you courteous?
The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it. - Christian Nestell Bovee. Are you courteous? #courtesy #respect
Courtesy

To be courteous.

Something we don’t think about very often right? Or at least not in these terms. We might think of it in terms of respect or maybe chivalry?

I even thought, what exactly is it to be courteous?  It’s so close to respect when you initially think about it.

So I decided to look it up 🙂

Here’s what Dictionary.com states:

  1. excellence of manners or social conduct; polite behavior.
    2. a courteous, respectful, or considerate act or expression.
To be courteous, to me, means things like holding the door open for someone and letting them go through first. Or maybe helping someone reach something on a top shelf, bottom shelf or how about saying excuse me when you walk in front of someone when passing through.
For that matter, how about saying excuse me in other circumstances, like when you burp? Do you? I was raised to say excuse me when I burp, even when I yawn. Were you raised that way? For those of you who are parents, are you raising your children to do this? If so, do you also say excuse me when you burp or yawn, especially in front of your kids?

The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.

Christian Nestell Bovee.

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I love this quote because I think it sums it up. The littlest of courtesies will do wonders in a persons life, imagine what a  bigger courtesy will do for someone in their day 🙂

Are you courteous? What does being courteous mean to you? I’d love to hear in the comments below – and I hope you are having an awesome day! Thanks!!

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18 thoughts on “Courtesy – Thought for the Every Day

  1. Great post. Being courteous means putting others first. It means, taking time out of your day, to show someone else kindness. We are definitely attempting to teach our children this as we need more respectful people in the world. Courtesy should not be a lost art.

  2. Being courteous is looking out for others. In this day and age, so many people have forgotten how to be courteous! Thank you for bringing this to light!

  3. I love this. I feel like courtesy isn’t found very much anymore in the world.

  4. That’s a lovely post and a beautiful articulation. Courteousness is one amongst many things we need to teach our kids.

  5. That’s a lovely post and a beautiful articulation. kindness is one amongst many things we need to teach our kids.

  6. I teach my children to be courteous. It is a sign of respect for others. Great read!

  7. I really enjoyed this post! I think it’s so important to be polite and courteous! Thank you for the reminder xx

  8. I love this post! I often feel being courteous is a lost art and catch myself being less courteous than I wish to be! 🙁 It is definitely something I am working on though! 🙂 I want to be the kind of person that brings joy to all they meet!

  9. Great post and lesson for life!

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