20-40-60 Etiquette---Me first?
QUESTION: Is there a “me first” attitude going on? Usually, I let people in front of me on the street, and they usually thank me with a wave. For some reason during this holiday season entitlement is rampant.
People just jump out in front of me and go on their merry way. No wave, no thanks. Somehow it seems like there is a lack of holiday grace among people in their cars.
Should I continue with random acts of kindness or mind my own business and go on down the road?
CALLIE’S ANSWER: If you are that mad about it, then you can join in on the “bah humbug” way. Keep doing your random acts of kindness. Who knows? You might rub off on people.
LILLIE-BETH’S ANSWER: Yes, there is a “me first” attitude going on, but we can’t fix it. All we can do is try to make sure we’re not contributing to a general climate of “everyone for himself.” Do you let people cut in front of you on the street in order to get a wave, or are you doing it because it’s the courteous thing to do? Do you treat people with respect because you expect something from them in return?
I’m guessing the answer is “no” to both questions, that you understand that nice behavior makes the world a better place. From your question, it sounds as if you’re looking for someone to say you can quit trying to be gracious because no one else is trying.
But the holidays are stressful, and we all need grace this time of year. You never know what hardships other people are facing, so even if you’re the one doing all the waving, keep it up, and thanks!
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