Is it too much to expect a little common courtesy?!

Apparently it is.  It never ceases to amaze me how utterly thoughtless some people can be.  Ever notice how many people cannot even interrupt their precious agenda to say a simple “hello”?  News flash:  everybody is busy!  Your to-do list is no more important than anyone else’s.  Take a breath, take the time to smile and say “hi”.  Let people know you care.  Sheesh.



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Robert Martz is a writer who doesn't make any money writing, so he keeps a day job in finance. He lives and works in Walnut Creek, CA. He began blogging in 2011 as a way of taking responsibility for and finding a place to put his thoughts and feelings. He loves to eat, cook, and travel. He volunteers, practices yoga, runs, bicycles, hikes, and explores nature with passion and a child-like sense of wonder. He is inspired by his amazing friends, doers and other writers. Check out another of his blogs at
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8 Responses to Is it too much to expect a little common courtesy?!

  1. Lori says:

    Yesterday on a crowded BART platform, Rob saw too hoodlum-looking kids pushing people, including two elderly people. He kind of shoulder checked one of the kids as they tried to push past him and almost knocked the idiot kid down. It looked like the guy was going to pull a knife or gun when his friend dragged him away because BART police were near. It upset Rob because he feels like so many people lack common courtesy. Who knocks over old people?! My attitude was, there are too many people to change the way society is moving. But a movement has to start with one person, right? So, maybe we can start the movement. 🙂

    • OK, that is an excellent example of what I am talking about. I’m glad Rob did that, and I’m glad they didn’t pull a knife or gun on him! Great idea, we are starting a movement. It’s like in the song “Alice’s Restaurant” by Arlo Guthrie, have you ever heard that? “You know, if
      one person, just one person does it they may think he’s really sick and
      they won’t take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony,
      they may think they’re both faggots and they won’t take either of them.
      And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in
      singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. They may think it’s an
      organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day,I said
      fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and
      walking out. And friends they may thinks it’s a movement.”

  2. Lori says:

    too?! TWO hoodlum looking kids. *sigh* It’s not even that early. Ugh.

  3. Lori says:

    Oh yeah… *deep breath in* GOOD MORNING, ROBERT!!!

  4. Lori says:

    I didn’t think it was. But it was timely since just last night, Rob and I were discussing this very subject. He wondered why more people didn’t step in. And I said, for exactly the reason that he stated…the kid was about to go for some kind of weapon and most people have families to worry about. They don’t want to play hero and be killed over some stupid incident. People suck, though, sometimes. That is a fact!

  5. Kathleen Bryson says:

    First ..Robert…
    Good morning , Hello, Hi, Hey,Good Afternoon, Good Evening, Chow, What’s up! and Yo…Ya think that might hold me in your good graces for a while …lol

    Anyway ..I agree that people seem to have no common courtesy anymore…and I for one, am guilty of putting alot of my own selfish pursuits and time sensitive errands first b4 I take time to acknowledge some of my friends, who I always assume will understand why I didn’t put them first.

    I must admit sometimes it takes one of the people you care about put your apparent insensitive attitude in your face, before you will change the way you view things.

    So thank you my friend for the reminder …that people should come before things.
    I don’t like being last on someone’s list of things to do (or maybe not on their list at all)…it can be emotionally hurtful ….especially if it is done repeatedly.

    So I will work hard to change my attitude on this very small but very significant flaw in my attitude.

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