Mind Boggling.

July 8, 2013 on 11:31 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

I do not pretend to be the nicest guy in the world but I am trying to do better. I think of myself as a recovering mean-a-holic. Much like a recovering alcoholic I know that it is a constant struggle that I deal with every day.

The other day I really had to work hard to keep it under control. I did not explode but perhaps I could have handled it better.

I was in a convenient store getting my morning stuff: newspaper, coffee, pastry, etc. The store was empty except for the cashier and me. We were having a short discussion as an older person walked in.

He looks at the cashier and says, “watch this”. He then looks at me and says, “buy me a cup of coffee”. I stared at him in amazement until he asked me if I heard him. Of course I heard him but I was stunned by his rudeness.

He asked me again if I had heard him and I told him that I had but I did not hear him say please. I gave him three chances to simply say please and he still never said it.

As I turned to walk away he finally said please. I told him it was too late and he made a remark about how that was just an excuse. I believe I raised my voice and said it was not an excuse but the truth.

I have no problem giving things to people. Actually I enjoy it. I never ask for anything in return but I do prefer people are polite when they ask. Had this man not interrupted a conversation to make a demand upon me or if he just would have said please, I gladly would have bought him a cup of coffee. It probably would have been a small cup but I would have paid for it.

I find it funny how people complain about how rude the younger generations are when I see rudeness everywhere. It is not uncommon for older people to cut in lines at stores or to stand at the counter after making their purchase to reorganize their purse or wallet.

People learn from seeing the behavior of others. If we want to have a more polite society then each of us needs to show others how to be polite. If I can learn to control myself then I have faith that everyone can do the same. My temper was once explosive. Through the years I learned from others to temper my temper. Will you learn by my example?

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