As some of you may remember from reading some of my early blogs, I love national days in honor of items to commemorate such as National Popcorn Day or National Baseball Day. I keep track of our national days. Well, day before yesterday was National Common Courtesy Day which is always celebrated on March 21 of every year!
When I was growing up, my parents insisted I always say “please” and “thank you.” It has been a lifelong habit of mine and I am deeply appreciative that they taught me those simple, effective, and profound words! I have even been accused of saying “thank you” too much but I would rather say “thank you” too often than not enough!
Mother always said there was nothing “common” about either “common sense” or “common courtesy.” She was right!”
Grandmother Roby, whom I called “Mimi,” always used to say “We should save our best manners for our family. They deserved it most.” I love that sentiment.
Nowadays you rarely hear the words, “You are welcome” after someone has said, “thank you.” Instead you usually hear, “No problem.” Well, there is a problem–no one says “You are welcome!”
I remember reading that as Princess Diana was being helped a few minutes before she died, she said, “Thank you.” How lovely to say “thank you” as you are dying. I hope when it comes my time to die, I say Jesus’ Holy Name but if I don’t say His Precious Name, I hope I at least say, “Thank you.”
The best thank you reminder is in the Holy Bible, I Thessalonians 5:18: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus…”
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Your friend, Hope