Whatever Happen to Common Courtesy?


One might ask, “What is Common Courtesy?” Lets start with the word Common that

means: belonging to or shared by two or more people or groups. It also means: done by

many people: occurring or appearing frequently: not rare, stated by the Webster

Dictionary. Now lets take a look at the word Courtesy: polite behavior that shows respect

for other people: something that you do because it is polite, kind: something that you say

to be polite especially when you meet someone, stated by the Webster Dictionary. When

you put these two words together it can mean lots of things like being considerate to

others, about others, excellence of manners or social conduct.

There are so many people who don’t practice common courtesy especially in the work

place. I’m sure we all have come across this problem maybe with a colleague, a

supervisor, or a manager, but it happens a lot. Common Courtesy is also a two-way street,

you have to give and show respect to receive it. Do you use words like “thank

you,” “hello,” or “good morning?” In a professional setting we all need to practice and

show common courtesy to everyone we come in contact with.

We live in a world with so much technology and everybody looks like their running a

race, and life is the finish line. There are some who just don’t use common courtesy.

They will tell you their attitude is bad, it’s just who they are, and they should not have to

change for anybody. Many will argue, just because this is “who you are” does not make it

right. As a child not all was taught mannerism, and it’s also an etiquette that is not

too late to learn, no matter how old you are. Here are ten examples of common courtesy.

1.)    Please

2.)    You’re Welcome

3.)    Thank you

4.)     May I

5.)    Excuse Me

6.)    I’m Sorry

7.)    Be Polite

8.)    Do not interrupt when someone is speaking.

9.)    Chew with your mouth closed

10.)  Please offer a seat to someone who needs it more than you do.

Being courteous to others is not only respectful, but it’s a reflection of your

character. Now that you’ve learned what Common Courtesy is, try using it

more often. Apply these ten golden rules to your day, and see what type of response you will receive.

Reference: “Common.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 2 Mar. 2014. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/common

“Courtesy.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 2 Mar. 2014. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/courtesy&gt;.

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About Colishia S. Benjamin

Colishia S. Benjamin is an inspirational author, inspiring screenwriter, and visionary living in North Carolina. She spent most of her adult life caring for others, working fifteen years in the healthcare field as a nursing assistant and as a habilitation technician. Her duties caring for the elderly and children with special needs exposed her to powerful emotional stories on a daily basis. The brave and remarkable individuals she met became the inspiration for her characters. Starting as poet and short story writer, Colishia knew she had more to say, and desire to develop and expand her writing into novels and screenplays. She enrolled in school as a full-time student at Full Sail University, where she earned her BFA in Creative Writing for Entertainment. In 2011, she saw two of her poems published, including A Silly Girl Crush, appearing in the book From A Window: Harmony by Ebner & Wein Publishing, and Taboo appearing in the Anthology Stars in Our Hearts. In September of 2012, WestBow Press published her work Poetry of Life. Colishia is now in the process of writing her first feature length screenplay titled The Cry: a horror film about an evil entity haunting and killing vacationers that cross its path on a secluded island.

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