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03-08-2014 11:50 AM
Gwenhwyfair Agree and well said.

To tag off of this a bit. I've tried to avoid the 'kids these days' meme as much as possible because I remember it being said when I was younger.

Yet, as time goes on it becomes harder for me to maintain that view as it feels like it conflicts with reality a bit too often.

People do light up over extending what I would consider just a small courtesy. My hubby started a business (due to being laid off) and his cutomers are just over the moon about him. He's not doing anything super special, just being fair, dependable and polite.

So I ponder, when the littlest kindnesses that used to be taken as part of our natures are now considered to be so very special is it because a lot of people less likely to take the time to be kind?

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People do matter. Every day, we can make or ruin someone's day. I'm talking about complete strangers and small kindnesses that can make you feel good about people. Letting that person purchasing one item get in line ahead of you. Holding the door for someone. As I was getting myself a shopping cart, an elderly lady walked up. I offered her my cart, as I got another. You would have thought I gave her a million dollars.

Likewise, you can be having a crappy day. Then, when someone is rude or nasty, it just makes your day 10 times worse. Putting a smile on your face and being courteous cost nothing, yet have so much value.
03-08-2014 11:44 AM
Gwenhwyfair I'm not sure what your industry is...but unfortunately I can feel confident in saying you're not alone.....




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I would just like to add that employees are people and they matter as well. It appalls me the way so many employers treat their employees. (especially in my industry).
03-07-2014 11:47 PM
harmony I remember some years ago I went to a both for an ice cream and the person had very sour/hard look their on their face, it seemed sad! I said Thank You and I smiled, It lit this person up, I was taken back at the reaction, It seemed to matter and I am happy it did, I would do it a million times over
03-06-2014 06:46 PM
Gretchen
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Originally Posted by Stevenzachsmom View Post
People do matter. Every day, we can make or ruin someone's day. I'm talking about complete strangers and small kindnesses that can make you feel good about people. Letting that person purchasing one item get in line ahead of you. Holding the door for someone. As I was getting myself a shopping cart, an elderly lady walked up. I offered her my cart, as I got another. You would have thought I gave her a million dollars.

Likewise, you can be having a crappy day. Then, when someone is rude or nasty, it just makes your day 10 times worse. Putting a smile on your face and being courteous cost nothing, yet have so much value.
Yes, this is beautiful.
You are so right about smiling. Fours years ago when our previous dog, Mandy died, I was so depressed, and couldn't stop crying. I needed some food at the Whole Foods nearby, its about a two block walk for me, and it was so weird but everybody who passed me by smiled at me, big smiles. I felt like it was an act of God and began to feel better and at least I got through the store without crying.
03-06-2014 05:47 PM
Msmaria
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Originally Posted by Harry and Lola View Post
People do matter, however you can only do what you can - can't save the world.

I do think we all need to be a little more considerate and polite to our fellow human being, myself included


I have no problem helping others out, Infact it relieves stress because it feels good. I just have to remind myself sometimes..lol
03-06-2014 05:00 PM
KathrynApril I love the facebook page of "Humans of New York" to help put a face on "the public". I have a feeling this https://www.facebook.com/humansofnew...type=1&theater sums it up nicely.
03-06-2014 04:52 PM
sehrgutcsg Metallica; "Nothing else matter's!"
03-06-2014 04:48 PM
Harry and Lola People do matter, however you can only do what you can - can't save the world.

I do think we all need to be a little more considerate and polite to our fellow human being, myself included
03-06-2014 12:10 PM
Lilie Every one matters. If you are able to connect with one person throughout your day, you've mattered to them. One single smile. It's free for you to give, but can mean millions to a person who needs it.

I recall the day I found out my husband had cancer. I had to go to a big box store although I was lost in a fog. I got out of my truck and was walking to get a cart. There was another woman who was walking to take her cart back to the rack. We met mid stream. She seemed to be in a fog as well. We both looked at eachother and time sort of stopped. We looked at eachother for a moment and she smiled. For some reason that just made me think things were going to work out. I smiled back as she handed me the cart.

I still think about that lady and her smile. I don't remember what she looked like, or what she wore or if she drove a nice car. I just remember her smiling at me. I now try to 'notice' people in my life. I try to give them a smile too. I don't have to talk to them. I don't have to get involved with their life. But I can give them a smile. Maybe it'll mean as much to them as the smile I got that day.

BTW - my husband has been cancer free for over 6 years now. So things did work out.
03-06-2014 11:59 AM
Stevenzachsmom People do matter. Every day, we can make or ruin someone's day. I'm talking about complete strangers and small kindnesses that can make you feel good about people. Letting that person purchasing one item get in line ahead of you. Holding the door for someone. As I was getting myself a shopping cart, an elderly lady walked up. I offered her my cart, as I got another. You would have thought I gave her a million dollars.

Likewise, you can be having a crappy day. Then, when someone is rude or nasty, it just makes your day 10 times worse. Putting a smile on your face and being courteous cost nothing, yet have so much value.
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