One of the marks of a loving person is courtesy. The popular conception of courtesy is to be well mannered. However, the word courtesy is much richer; it means to be ‘friendly minded’. To treat everyone as though they were a friend. Courtesy is rooted in the belief that behind every face is a person worth knowing. If we believe that every person we meet is valuable, courtesy will be inevitable. In my book: Love As a Way of Life, I explore what courtesy looks like in a marriage, or in the grocery store. Everyone we encounter gives us an opportunity to extend courtesy. Today, initiate every conversation as though the person you are talking to is a friend.
December 9, 2014