COURTESIES COST NOTHING
BUT PAYS A LOT
‘Little drops of water make the mighty ocean’. A drop of water in itself might appear to be meaningless but gathered together one by one — and the mighty ocean is formed. What is an ocean but a collection of drops. So are the clouds, but they cover the entire sky on a rainy day.
This is what is true of courtesies. ‘Please let me go’ — you say in a crowded place and there who form the crowd give you the passage and you in return say ‘Thank you so much’. What did you lose or what did ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ cost you but you have won the goodwill. You help an old man cross a busy road and he blesses you with all his heart. You did not know him, he did not know you but the show of the little courtesy by you have got you a store of blessings and blessings from elders mean a lot.
You are moving in a crowded market place and tread upon somebody’s foot. Immediately you say ‘So Sorry, have hurt you?’ The man’s foot though might have been hurt but he would just pat you on the shoulder and say ‘no, nothing, young man’. What did it cost you to say ‘Sorry’ but you won the goodwill of the other man.
So the smooth functioning of the social life goes on only on mutual courtesies. We call ourselves highly civilised. But being civilised does not mean living in posh bungalows and driving costly cars and dancing at clubs and having dinners at hotels. Being civilised means how you behave with your fellow social beings. Everyday you read in the newspapers how a young man of a so-called high family shot down a bar-maid for not serving him liquor past midnight, or a youngman kidnaps and murders nother youngman out of malice. Such youngmen belonging to the so-called ‘high families’ are hardly civilised they are boorish
and brute. They do not have even the primary lessons in courtesy or correct conduct.
Live with love and conduct yourself with consideration for others that makes life in the society worthy of living and you a worthy member of it.
A.G. Gardiner an English essayist writes in one — “‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ are like little of his essays drops of oil which help the machine of life run smooth” These little courtesies are like rain drops which make the face of nature shine up — the clouds do not ask anything in return for what they do.
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