“Life be not so short but that there is always time for courtesy.“
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
We went out for dinner tonight which was such a special treat for us, and unfortunately, we were rushed because of other agendas of the staff. A magical meal (because every meal should be special…none of us will know when our chips are getting cashed in) was overrun by, “ Are you done?” Rushing when there will still plenty of time until the restaurant closed.
I’ve started to notice that the extra mile, which used to be a lonely place is getting extra lonely. People excuse rudeness lately. There’s an infatuation with the virtual world (i.e. phones at the table) at a loss of the real world. Customer service, which built into its description is “to serve,” has become a lost art. I know this because I’m in customer service and see some crazy stuff. Wisdom is paved over by expediency. The words “thank you” and “I’m sorry” which used to be normal, are now rare.
Please slow down. Put your phone down. Consider the other human beings in your space especially if you’re on the roadways. We all are traveling together to the same destination…not to be a buzz-kill but the ending is the same. So how about we treat each other a little nicer on the journey?