Being polite isn’t a deed you complete only once, it’s not even something that should be limited to just once in a while, it is an act that should be carried out daily! Being polite to the people around you is one of the best ways to spread positivity and joy as well as set a good example for others. It’s not hard to add a please and thank you to your requests or to excuse yourself when you squish between people, there are many simple ways to be polite that require almost zero effort. I strive to make every interaction I have with people a polite and positive one, just this week I experienced an interaction that showed me how much of a habit being polite has truly become.
Here’s what happened:
My friend Ryan had lost his phone and needed to get ahold of Anna, the last person he was with, to see if they had his cell or at least knew where it might be. He came to my room and asked if he could use my phone to call her, but I did not have her number and he did not have it memorized so I was unable to help and instead I suggested we go ask Anna’s roommates for her number. When we got there I politely asked Anna’s roommate Cady if she had Anna’s number and her response was to ask if I was crazy, of course she had Anna’s number. I was taken aback at the fact that she thought I was silly to ask such a stupid question, but I was just trying to be polite. I was so focused on being polite that it I didn’t even stop to think whether or not my question made any sense. Even though I felt silly at the time, I’m glad that no matter how dumb my questions it is still a habit of mine to communicate with a level of politeness and respect. I feel that is something everyone should strive to achieve on some level.