Call me old fashioned, but I’m a big supporter of please and thank you; it costs nothing to be polite and to appreciate an act of kindness.
Far too often I witness such acts being totally ignored – and it happened again only last week. I saw a young man hold a door open for a middle-aged lady in a busy Carmarthen shop and was shocked to see that this gesture was totally ignored. Fair play to him, he just smiled and went on with his day (not many would have reacted in such a laid-back way, I don’t think).
I’d understand if this had happened in a big city like London, where the pace is much faster and people less friendly, or is it that we are so preoccupied in our own little worlds that we don’t even notice when other people are being polite and courteous anymore?
We can all make an effort to acknowledge an act of kindness from a fellow human being; there is no excuse. Making small regular gestures of kindness and appreciating people around you should become a habit and is something we can all work on I’m sure. Give it a try this week and let me know how it goes!