As I read details of the news on Yahoo tonight, considering the world events getting odder and unsettling, I noticed I was humming the Beach Boys song, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice!”
“ And wouldn’t it be nice to live together, in the kind of world where we belong…”
While in this ‘wish the world were nicer’ reverie, I discovered this lovely article by Rebecca Brown
, editor of Divine Caroline.
In the hectic motion of our days, we run around in our own little worlds, especially those of us connected to multitudes of electronic devices. Plugged in to ipods, Zunes, MP3’s, cell phones, Smart Phones, various Blackberries, (feel free to add to this list, especially if you are reading this while mobile) iphones, bluetooth/is the plural blueteeth?, heavens!
I have an ipod in my purse and a T-Mobile cell phone and a Verizon Blackberry, and a Bluetooth wireless earpiece, for each cell phone. From my Blackberry I can check any and all of my 8 email addresses and although I am a social media maven and use twitter.com all day from my laptop, I do not, as of yet ‘tweat’ on my cell phone, because frankly, and I always think people who start a thought with ‘frankly’ have been lying to me previously, but I digress…
Anyway, we rush around connected to things and may miss key messages from real, live people around us. Ms Brown reminds us to remember our manners. Remember them? Remember others can hear our phone conversations so we should have mercy on them. Spare them the details of this and that. Hold doors open for others, pause to let people get off elevators before running them over and have change ready for car lots, so others don’t wait too long behind us.
Pay attention to those older and younger and all these pregnant women, to give them seats on the train and such. Take it easy on scents for those who are sensitive. In fact, real manners, my southern mother used to say, stretch one a bit. Real manners take an effort and show true class in said effort.
With all the chaos in the news, what say we all make a classy effort to be considerate and gentle with those around us. Hum a Beach Boys tune like,
“Wouldn’t it be nice if we could wake up, in the morning when the day is new…” and know we made a difference in the lives of those we touched today.