Friday, January 18, 2013

Please and thank you, PLEASE!

Lately I've noticed people saying please and thank you less.  Maybe you think, "What's the big deal?"

When we say please we acknowledge our need, our lack.  When we say please we humble ourselves before someone to acknowledge we can't or don't want to do something without them.

I notice folks neglecting please and I see our society more and more disconnected from one another.  I submit that simple courtesies are more important
than we realize!

"Get me some water?"
"Please get me some water?"

When someone says please they offer something in return for your services.  They offer the acknowledgement that they need you.  They offer their humility.  They are essentially realizing that they are not entitled to your service, but privileged that you render it. When they say please they are actually  valuing you. We need to cultivate values--especially of one another!

As the quote from Ephesians so eloquently states we are to "bear with one another, maintaining the unity of the Spirit in the bond of love." Think about it a bit.  Try courtesy on a little more.  Say please and thank you.  Slow down and open a door for someone else or let them merge on the freeway.  Do it in the Spirit of love with a smile.  You will be amazed how good you feel, how much love you gather from others and how much peace there will be in your soul.


  1. Great post. We seem to have lost basic graciousness in the rhythms of our lives and within the fabric of our society.....and it is indeed the little things that make the difference. Simple good manners, common courtesy, making eye contact as we go about our errands~these are the things that bring us together, that make us feel good about the people we share this world with. I'm so tired of seeing these things undervalued....and seeing it worsen all the time. Please stop hiding behind your smartphone/tablet/ipod and show us all your beautiful shining self!

  2. Here here!We all need to get comfortable with being face to face. Looking one another in the eye is so important. For the sake of humanity I pray we will all lean in and embrace one another more!

  3. Good post, friend.
    Seems like everywhere there is this sense of "entitlement" and that the world owes them. What a dangerous concept that is!