In this day and age, are we more or less thoughtful towards one another than, let’s say fifty years ago? We live in a time when thoughtfulness is a virtue rather than a quality that is normal to possess. One might say it is rude not to hold the door and courteous to do so. But is it not also thoughtful to the individual following you?
Perhaps, when i’ts more personal – for instance, replying to an email you received from a friend in a timely matter. One might say its simple etiquette – however, could it not also be thoughtful to respond and connect with your friend? Reducing it to poor manners, trivializes the quality that is lacking.
I fear that if the missing of thoughtfulness is reduced to “an age where etiquette and courtesy are sparse” – we overlook the less technical side of a human kindness; thinking of others. It may be rudimentary politeness that prompts one to write a get well card, but isn’t the thought of another person’s well-being a much better reason?
What’s your opinion on thoughtfulness in the world today? What are some thoughtful acts that you like to do and might encourage someone else to as well? On a personal level, I like writing letters to friends and family, baking for neighbors, picking up coffee for my co-workers, and being considerate to people I cross paths with (ie; hold the door, offer a hand…).