Manners: Are they a thing of the past?

Remember when you were younger you were taught by your parents what to do and not to do? How you respected your elders, said thank you when someone did something nice to you and so on?

Lately I see people walking in front of me when I am in line for something, Someone will bump into me and either walk away or give me a look since I was in the way for them to bump into me. People will see you coming while they are in an elevator and smile as the doors close. People will drive into a parking lot and as they pass the section that is in front of the main doors, you know the strip that have lines going through it so the customers can cross safely, zip right on by.

It use to be the youngsters who I would expect this from but now lately it is more and more adults who are seen doing this. The rudeness and lack of manners just well our parents would never let us get away with this kind of behavior. Even at my age I still say,”Excuse me”,”Yes please”, “Yes sir” or “Yes,Ma’am” to my elders but I fear in a generation or two this will be lost or negated to a small percentage of the population

So when I see or hear a youngster say “Please” or “Excuse me” it helps a little to balance the others. When a youngster holds the door for me, especially the youngest ones who struggle to do it, it is nice to see it is not dead yet.

Stepping away from the noise: Easy or hard

Do you ever take a few minutes, if not more, to step away from the noise? It is all around us. You have the TV, radio and the Internet buzzing faster than I can understand some days. If that isn’t bad enough you have the man-made noise of trucks, cars, airplanes, construction and if you live in a military town the war games and the convoy of trucks when they are doing maneuvers.

You can’t seem to avoid it. You hear a car coming down your street before you even see it. Noise. It surrounds us to where at times it is a part of us and we can’t block it out due to being so accustom to hearing it.But through all this chaos do you take time to get away from the noise? Can you stay away from social media, our phones or perhaps the TV?

This is something I been trying to do to focus on not being focus on anything or as they say blank one’s mind. It’s not easy. Thoughts, things to do or noise can fill our brain preventing us from having a moment’s peace. Some days I been successful and others a defeat. But I do it to try to center myself.

Noise can be pleasant like hearing kids having fun at a playground,or hearing some good music at a festival even having a flock of birds in your back yard singing you awake. It’s not all bad. But lately it seems the noise I hear is more blocking our way then anything else.

But I will keep trying for those moments of peace is worth the effort.

Happy New Year: 2017

 

fairaThe year is ending soon. It seems each new year goes faster than the year before.

Last year at this time instead of making resolutions I decided to go a different route. I started collected a journal of good joys. Instead of making a list on how to change or do better I decided to focus on the good that came my way. Everyday I wrote something that was awesome whether it was big or small. Going over it showed me how truly blessed and fortunate I am. I didn’t think I would follow through the whole year but happily I did. It was a change of pace and I am glad I did it. I am not sure if I will do it again in January, still pondering over that. But to see 365, or 366 not sure of the total count for 2016, entries of goodness makes one feel really good inside.

Still I want to wish everyone a great 2017. May it be full of good health, happiness and good times with loved ones whether that be family, friends or both.

I offer good cheer and well wishes from my home to yours. May 2017 be better than 2016.

Happy New Year!