Uncommon Courtesy: Kindergarten Rules for Life
After a brief layover, a man boarded a flight for his final destination. He was flying an airline that assigns your seat beforehand. They had announced multiple times before the flight that every seat was sold and that luggage space for carry-on items was limited. As he approached his assigned aisle seat, he noticed that the woman in the middle seat next to his had her bag in it. As he started to store his things, the woman asked if the man could sit somewhere else so that her bag could rest comfortably in his seat. As tempting as pulling himself into the overhead storage unit sounded [sarcasm], he had to decline her request and tell her he intended to occupy the seat her bag occupied.
The man wasn’t offended by this interaction. It actually made him chuckle.
But unfortunately, inconsiderate attitudes are pretty prevalent. You can witness them everywhere — on airplanes, in traffic, at schools, in restaurants and even in business settings.
Some rules we were taught in kindergarten seem to be forgotten pretty regularly, such as:
- Don’t speak when someone else is speaking.
- Clean up after yourself.
- Follow house rules (i.e. rules that pertain to where you are in that moment).
- Respect your neighbor.
These are all pretty simple, but we still see them broken frequently. But what’s also true is that we can’t expect a select few to do it all. We all need to pitch in to make life better for all of us.
Now to You…
- Have you experienced inconsiderate behavior from someone?
- Or have you been that kind of person to someone else?
- When is the next situation where you can lead by example and follow kindergarten rules?
- How can you encourage others to do the same?