March 21 celebrates common courtesy, which, as we all know, isn’t actually all that common. Sometimes I think we are all waiting for that chance to do something big and wonderful, something heroic, where we can point and say, “there is the good I have done.” Sadly, much of life is made up of the small, the mundane, the almost meaningless, and these small things may far outweigh the heroic deed we hope to be remembered for.
Common courtesy consists of just these tiny, momentary deeds: holding a door open, proper table manners, saying hello and goodbye, giving up your seat to someone who needs it . . . the list goes on and on. National Common Courtesy Day is the perfect day to start practicing new habits of common courtesy with everyone you meet.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”