Best Three Reasons Not to be Polite for a Change

Thank You

Thank You (Photo credit: mandiberg)

All of our lives, we are told to be polite.  Drilled into our heads as children that we need to be courteous and polite to others.  Parents use the famous saying of “Don’t forget to say “PLEASE” and “THANK YOU.”  These are values that are ingrained in us and that we carry into adulthood.  Yet along the way, some people forget the basics – they no longer think they need to say please and thank you to others.  It becomes a distant memory in their minds.  They’ve carved out new values and those teachings about being polite fly right out the window.

There are a lot of these people.  I encounter them on a daily basis.  It’s amazing really the amount of people…and that is why I started to think about this topic.  I explored the reasoning behind why I need to be polite.  Sure my parents told me to be but why I’m I still polite.  I’m an adult.  I make my own decisions, I pay bills, I work, and yet I’m always polite.

That is why this post is a departure for me and I’m venturing into new territory – to a place where I advocate reason why you don’t need to be polite.

1.  It gets annoying when you never get a thank you or thanks back for doing something polite

2. People stare at you strangely when you say please and thank you

3.  Its exhausting being so polite

I don’t know how many times I’ve done something nice and polite – open the door for someone; get out of my seat for someone on the bus; let a car in front of me on a jammed-packed road full of traffic…I could go on and on with these examples and I would say about 5% of the time (that is 5% out of 100%) someone will say thank you.

People do stare at you strangely when you say please and thank you.  It seems likes its a crazy foreign language that they have never heard before.  I get this a lot.

Always saying thank you and please is definitely exhausting.  There are a lot of reasons where you need to say it and it just gets to be so tough to keep it up.

All in all, I’m still going to be polite (that is how my parents raised me) and something I believe makes me who I am but sometimes I really like the best three reasons why not to be polite for a change.

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Best Three Jobs I Wish I Had

 

There is a time in all our lives when we look at what are job is and wish we were doing something else.  At least that is how I have been feeling lately.  When I was young I always wanted to be a marine biologist.  It sounded so cool.  Until I got older and realized you needed maths and sciences.  I am not a math and sciences girl.  So that meant, time for a change.  Next I thought I would go into journalism.  Travel the world, report on all the news worthy items and make a name for myself as a great journalist.  Then I realized that type of career takes a long time (and to be honest, I think my parents were worried cause how would I ever be able to pay off my student loans).  So, I chose to study something I enjoyed…history.  However, unless you are going to get your doctorate, there really is no future in history.  At this time, I just took a job because frankly bills needed to be paid.  I started in administration but quickly realized that I needed to get out.  Eventually I found myself as a financial coordinator managing budgets in the millions.  From History to Finance…life is crazy sometimes.Yet the other day, I was having one of my ‘thinking’ moments and I thought about all the jobs that I wished I had.

So, here are the Best 3…Jobs I Wish I Had:

1.  Doctor

2.  Archaeologist

3.  Sports Agent

I know it seems funny to have doctor there but for me this was never a possibility – science and math.  Plus I have developed a huge respect for doctors who don’t just become doctors for the money but who are actually provided a service to people and countries that don’t have the type of health care systems/care that we have in the Western world.  Organizations like Doctors Without Borders are good examples of doctors using their skills to help those that are really in need.  If I was a doctor, I would be the type who would travel around to countries and offer whatever help I could.  I could really be doing good in the world.  That is the main reason why I have made it my first pick.

Since I like history, being an archaeologist is just a given.  Plus Indiana Jones made it look so fun.  I know in reality it isn’t quite the same as in the movies but it would be great to spend your life devoted to finding things from the past.  To uncover items or people who give you an insight into how life worked.  Imagine unearthing the  Terra Cotta Warriors or discovering another egyptian tomb.  Those are amazing discoveries but so are the small discoveries like pottery or utensils.  They all tell a story.  Such a great job!

Terracotta Army Pit 1 - in Xi'an, China

Terracotta Army Pit 1 – in Xi’an, China (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As for my final pick, a would want to be a sports agent.  It just sounds exciting to negotiate and sign sports superstars – plus I hear the money is not bad at all!  Plus I would love to get to all the games to support your player…that would be awesome.