Thursday, February 22, 2018

A universal shortage in......etiquette?

I'll call this post part of my 'thinking out loud' series this year. It would be an understatement to say I've noticed a real shift in our world, especially with the way we treat each other... was I incredibly naive when I was young or have things taken a drastic turn for the worst since like 2010? Is there now some sort of a universal reluctance to be or universal rebellion against being ....human? I know I sound pretty dramatic but drama isn't short of how I would describe the world today

or can we simply put it down to a universal abandonment of etiquette... 

I'm particularly sad when we let go of the little things, the things that literally cost nothing like -  no longer finding the strength to wish one another a happy birthday and the struggle to say 'good morning' to people outside our household - especially to co-workers (people we probably spend more time with than our own families).

My sensitivity meter may have increased or something because I'm noticing this trend a lot more and it's frightening. Etiquette is free; manners are free - we need to re-humanise ourselves because if we lose the basics, the bigger issues have no hope. In recent years we've seen a spotlight on mental health issues and how we can collectively try to assist the people around us - I can't help but think that going back to the basic ways we showed each other we cared could have an impact on how we all feel - don't you think? Let's try to get out of the quietly toxic habits we are getting ourselves into!

So this year, I promise to send more happy birthday cheers, celebrate other people's milestones and ensure I always say good morning to my co-workers even when I may not necessarily be having a good morning!

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