Perhaps please and thank you are words that we often gloss over and take for granted, but consciously weaving these words into everyday conversation is imperative to building community.
Allan Tranter from Creating Communities reminded the listeners on Brekky with Kirste and Morro this morning that despite people thinking that it is not, saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ is critical to constructing a loving community.
Allan wants us to be alert of these opportunities to build community:
“Every time you communicate with someone, it is an act of building community.
I’m staggered by the number of people who don’t say please when they ask for something. It’s just abysmal.
We’ve lost this art of being civil.”
It’s a kick in the pants from Allan, but a welcome one. When people who serve in shops say only a small percentage say that people have taken the time to use manners and say ‘please’, we know there is a problem.
So today, make the intentional decision to use manners and say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.
Listen to the full interview with Allan Tranter here: