In today’s world we are all moving a mile a minute! There is always someplace to go, and something to see or do. People move so fast that they forget to look up, to connect and to make eye contact. Common Courtesy is quickly becoming a thing of the past, and it annoys me to no end!
I wish that I could point a finger and say that the disconnect is coming from one particular age, group, race, or sex. The fact of the matter is that I have noticed it in all aspects of life! My student who doesn’t even whisper back a “good morning”, after I’ve greeted him at the door (rude). The hipster teen who has her tiny Bluetooth headphones plugged in. She’s jamming but not hearing a thing anyone is saying to her (ruder), or the well dressed professionals whose eyes are glued to their phones while they bump into me on the street or run me off the sidewalk(rudest). I’ve even been punked by senior citizens pushing shopping carts at Wal-Mart (side-eye).
As a woman who has always prided herself on being both classy and tactful… I was sick of the disrespect!!! I have to admit that my first instinct was to go low and give as good as I get. I’m a quick-witted and sharp-tongued girl by nature, so it wouldn’t be a thing for me to blast somebody for rude and unbecoming behavior!!! Than I heard my mother’s voice in my head and decided to stick with the old “treat people the way that you want to be treated” routine. I decided to be over the top with mine. I made it so that no one could miss me! If we were passing on the street, you better believe that I saw you before you saw me. I’d be passing strangers but smiling and waving at them like we shared a family bond. I’d hold the door for everybody; young, old, black, white, woman, or man. I’d ask people how their day was going, and make small talk with any and everybody that I could. I literally never met a stranger!!!
My courtesy soon became contagious! The people around me began to change. The most stubborn students began to flock to me. Their parents praised my consistency and enthusiasm. The strangers that I met on the street became friends, and my sense of self-worth increased. It’s at this point that I realized that the world needs more people who are dedicated to spreading love and kindness. That is why I created Courteously Curt! I realized that oftentimes my little smile, my quick wink, or my “how are you doing” in passing, changed peoples outlook. My quick act of courtesy broke down the daily barriers that we erect! Now I want to start a movement that is led by woman and girls all over the world!!! The goal is to reconnect people; to get them talking and smiling again. Why girls? Easy… because we are bosses and capable of so much (If we lead…they will follow!). So ladies, each day as you prepare to leave you homes for school, work, or play; whither you are putting on lip gloss or leaving fresh-faced to the world, remember to be courteous and kind throughout your day, for you are never fully dressed without a smile <3.
All My Love,
Miss Congeniality 1920