Don’t worry, this isn’t another blog or review about the controversial episode on the Game of Thrones where Hodor dies. Rather, it is a blog about something most of us may experience on a daily basis.
I’ve always been someone who notices the small things. Someone who tries to think of others and do the right thing. Maybe, it’s something as small as smiling at a stranger, returning something found, or taking the time to notice and speak to someone. The sad thing is, there are too many people who are inconsiderate of others.
The other day, I was walking into school, the main building where most students enter. There were other students on their way into the school too. There are a few doors at the entrance, but most students seem to use the same door. As we all entered the building, a girl who was about two feet, if that, in front of me looked as if she would hold the door for me, but quickly let it close. As I clumsily tried to catch it, I thought to myself about how she didn’t look back to see if anyone was behind her. I pulled the door open and continued on my way while wondering if anyone saw my awkward entrance into the school. For a couple days, I found myself thinking about the experience and the girl. It really didn’t bother me or change my day, but thoughts kept popping into my head. I thought about how thoughtless the girl was and wondered why someone wouldn’t think to check behind them when letting a door close. Although I was able to shrug my shoulders and let the experience go, There is a larger problem with what happened.
We all have rough days. Sometimes, we are in our own little world and not always paying attention. It happens, but lately, it seems that people just don’t care to think about others. They don’t notice the people around them or want to help them in any way.
It’s not the fact that a door wasn’t held for me that bothers me. It is the loss of manners, respect, and thoughtfulness towards one another. Being considerate of others isn’t hard and only takes seconds to show a small amount of kindness such as looking to see if there is someone you should hold the door for behind you. It’s not required that we are all kind to each other, but it is a common courtesy and something that can benefit everyone involved. Because we aren’t required to do something, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t. Sadly, being thoughtful is something we don’t see much of anymore.
We should all take the small amount of time to show others we care, even with something as simple as holding a door. With everyone liking, sharing, and wanting to be added to a friend’s list, why aren’t we kinder to each other in person?
As Theodore Roosevelt said, “Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.”
I often find myself wondering what has happened to us? Why are so many people hateful towards others? What has caused humans to act this way?
What do you think is the cause of this carelessness?