Courtesy is treating others with kindness and tact. We take the time to speak and act graciously, showing people that we value and respect them. We make requests, not demands. We remember our manners, greet others warmly, and listen closely when they speak. Courtesy is a way to honor others, showing them how much they matter to us by how we treat them. Those closest to us need our courtesy most of all. Courtesy is the mirror of their value.
In Family Life
In a family, courtesy manifests as a genuine and respectful consideration for one another’s feelings and needs. It is demonstrated through simple yet impactful actions such as active listening when a family member speaks, using polite language, and showing appreciation for each other’s contributions.
Courtesy within a family means being patient and understanding during disagreements, offering help when needed, and acknowledging each individual’s worth. It’s about creating an atmosphere of kindness and empathy that fosters healthy relationships, making every family member feel valued and cherished. Ultimately, courtesy in a family is the foundation upon which trust, love, and lasting bonds are built.
“See ye not, Courtesy is the true Alchemy, turning to gold all that it touches and tries.”
— George Meredith “The Song of Courtesy”
The Practice of Courtesy
- I remember by manners.
- I show others that I value and respect them.
- I treat others graciously.
- I make requests, not demands.
- I listen attentively.
- I treat my intimates with special care.