Good morning, two words in our vocabulary that have multiple meaning and many implications. Together, they are used as a statement of common courtesy and an implication of politeness. It is used as a greeting, or as a statement of our day’s expectations.
I love hearing my grandson say good morning, grandma. He always smiles when he says it. At only four years old, he understands the meaning. Good morning is a wish that we make towards the person we say it to. It is a statement intended to make the person feel good, otherwise, why would we accompany it with a smile?
How nice is it to walk about, and someone that walks by, smiles, and says good morning. It makes me feel good, I am sure it makes you feel good, too. As life passes by, sometimes we forget that the little details mean so much. In days of old, men, gallantly tipped their hat, and women nodded their head as they passed by each other. People acknowledged each other and affirmed their presence.
In today’s society, few still say good morning. Most walk by, and avoid each other like the plague. I have seen people go out of their way to make sure no visual contact was established. I believe we have been taught courtesy and politeness, but why do some practice it? Why, some do not?
Here is my take on it.
Some People Practice courtesy and politeness for the following effects:
- A sense of “feel good”
A sense of acknowledgment
A sense of validation
A sense of meaning
A sense of courtesy
A sense of politeness
Some People do not practice courtesy and politeness for the following effects:
- A sense of degradation
A sense of anonymity
A sense of invisibility
A sense of caution
A sense of rudeness
A sense of self-absorption
The decadence of courtesy, manners, and politeness is visible in today’s societies. A common behavior previously practiced, is vaporizing in front of our eyes. Are we so preoccupied with technology, gadgets, and electronics that we have forgotten social interaction? Social media does a great job at keeping up with each other, but it is not a substitute for our daily human interaction.
Positive human interaction provokes emotional reactions that when acted upon can bring feelings of acknowledgement, validation, meaning, and acceptance. Maybe if we do it more often, we can change the decadence into increase.
Negative human interaction provokes emotional reactions that when acted upon bring feelings of invisibility, degradation and alienation. The continuous exposure to negative interaction eventually contributes to the decadence of courtesy, manners, and politeness.
Take a step for the better and put your two cents in. Help change the decadence into increase. Take a second. If someone walks by, acknowledge, validate, and give him or her a little meaning. Tip your hat, nod you head, smile and while you are at it let the words flow out.
SAY GOOD MORNING
You may never know if the person you acknowledged needed validation. You may never know if the person you spoke to needed to feel accepted. You may never know if the person you said good morning to needed a little meaning in their life. You may never know if your words made a difference. Even if you never know what significance your words had, the person you validated, made feel accepted or gave a little meaning in their life, does know, and that makes all the difference.