Courtesy, week 4

During our lessons this week, we will talk about the importance of making time for Courtesy in our relationships with other people.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“Life is not so short but that there is always time for courtesy.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson (Essayist, Poet, Lecturer)

The one thing that all of us have in common is that we all have the same number of hours in each day.  How shall we best use the time that is given us?  It only takes a moment to say “yes, please”, “thank you”, or “you’re welcome”.  It can take just a couple of minutes to pick up the phone to thank someone, or to ask them how they are doing.  Yet, many of us feel we are too busy.  If we truly value courtesy, we will make the time for it, no matter how busy we may be.  The way we treat others is one of the most important aspects of building healthy relationships.  Develop the habit of treating others with courtesy.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  Who has taught you to be courteous?
  2.  How has someone treated you with courtesy?
  3.  Does being courteous mean you always have to say “yes” to other people?

Please share your answers to these questions, and your thoughts about Courtesy, with our school community by using the form below.

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