Bloggers note: Finding a reading to share this week, has seen me poring over quite a few pages in different books, looking for something that might be appropriate for my dear friend. The news, the media coverage and television footage over recent days must be painful for her at her age and I found it a challenge to come up with a piece that might help both of us. This reading, from an unlikely source, seems to convey the very strong message that change must start with everyday people, and where better than within our own families.
“One Day at a Time in Al-Anon” AA Family Group Inc USA – Reading for 7 June
Suppose, in taking a break from my whirling thoughts, I settle down quietly to think about the word “courtesy.” It means far more than mere politeness; you can be polite without an iota of personal love. Courtesy, on the other hand, is an expression of love, warm concern for the other person’s comfort, peace of mind and well-being. Even giving directions to a confused stranger can be an act of courtesy, if I take the trouble to be explicit and reassuring.
The practice of courtesy within the family or in the home, gives us many opportunities each day to convey our love in little ways. Yet we so often overlook it in routine contacts with those close to us and those we love.
I must take every opportunity to be courteous to those nearest to me, as well as those outside my orbit. The warmth and kindness of courtesy will take the sting out of resentments, and give dignity and importance to the members of my household, making them feel secure and loved.
Courtesy makes a less troublesome game of life.
Misunderstandings melt away; it gets rid of avoidable obstructions.