Walking out of a building today, I was blessed by two men coming in from the other direction who stopped and held the door for me. “Thank you!” I said, then smiled and thought to myself, “Some people still have manners. Their moms must have taught them well.”
In a culture where manners, consideration and customer service seem to be almost a lost art, I am thankful for those who still remember the importance of these things, those who learned them perhaps from their moms.
Then I got to thinking about my mom…
Mom taught me the value of the “Golden Rule.” You know, the one that says “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I know this originated from the words of Jesus, and it was always the way Mom taught us to live. Mom also used to say, “If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.” Great advice for uplifting and encouraging rather than tearing down or discouraging another person.
Mom taught me ways to look after myself and protect myself too, sometimes even to the extreme…but for these, today I am thankful. Thanks Mom!
As I walked, I thought about today’s generation of young adults, many raised by Daycare providers instead of mom and thought perhaps this is where the manners, consideration and customer service got lost. Thanks Mom for raising me to value these things. Thank you God for enabling me to raise my children with good morals, standards to live by, and to instill in them manners, consideration and customer service.
Let’s all strive to put more manners, consideration and customer service into the lives we live. We will all be better for it!