Common Courtesy

Kim: “Hey Gina, you wanna catch a movie later?”

Gina: “I’d love to. That new Tyler Perry movie’s got some pretty good reviews.”

Kim: “Cool. So do you want to catch the 7:45pm showing?”

Gina: “Sounds good to me. I’ll be ready at 7pm.”

Kim: “Great. I’ll text you when I’m on my way.”

Seven o’clock rolls around, and Kim hasn’t texted or arrived. Seven ten, fifteen, and so on passes, yet Kim still hasn’t texted or come by. Gina finally decides to call Kim to find that Kim had changed her mind all of a sudden. Does this sound like you? If so, you need to establish some common courtesy because that’s just rude. It will give you a better name and possibly save your friendships. There is absolutely no excuse as to why Kim couldn’t call or text Gina, as opposed to just letting her sit around and wait. I’m sure Gina would have understood. Besides, Kim extended the invitation and then backed out simply because she changed her mind, not because of some extenuating circumstance. You never know what type of arrangements or accommodations a person has to make to satisfy your request or keep a commitment. Thus, it is your due diligence to be kind enough to communicate plan changes. How would you feel if someone did that to you? Would you just brush it off and still count on he or she? Or would you just fall back from that person out of disgust?

A breach in common courtesy is not limited to the previous scenario. It is also when a person intentionally ignores an inquiry or request. People ignore text messages, instant messages, direct messages, emails, and the like. How could you ignore someone’s inquiry or request but update your Facebook status? Nowadays, most people manage all accounts from a mobile device. Therefore, all your notifications are being managed via one device. You have no excuse as to why you can’t be courteous when you no longer have to face people. You can now hide behind a text, email, or some other digital form of communication that does not require you to speak or show your face. Some of you are better at using that method anyway. If you don’t like the person enough to reply, then block/delete or unfollow that person. That’s what those buttons are for. Make use of them. Quit carrying on a network of people you don’t even like. That’s just fake. You would be much more appreciated, if you were real and honest.

So the next time something comes up, you change your mind, or someone messages you, show some common courtesy.

And remember…
“Make sense of what you do, and make every cent count.”

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