William J. (Skip) Henderson Jr.

Courtesy Vs Meaness - Poem by William J. (Skip) Henderson Jr.

Courtesy: The best of all human attributes,
Without it, all others are difficult to maintain or even enact.
Attributes work best when used one on top of the other
Like interlocking building blocks and Courtesy is the cornerstone.

Would you believe someone to be honest, trustworthy, kind,
Caring if they were rude or mean toward you? Of course not!
So, courtesy is the first and most important and sets up all future exchanges.
Cares not the culture or the circumstance in which it is used.

You only have one chance to make a good first impression,
One chance to establish that you are a good person to deal with.
If an introduction is made and begun with a discourteous attitude,
It will be difficult for the relationship to grow or blossom.

Anger, condescension, resentment are stated expressions of being.
They are a waste of energy; rudeness is their tool of choice.
Meanness is the method of their delivery and continual lack of courtesy
Will ruin even the best of intentions, plague and wreck a relationship.

People will fail and let rudeness prevail but Courtesy can mend
The most damaged of fences if used sincerely.
But it must be used with the utmost of sincerity and regularity
Without which, courtesy is doomed to fail.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 1, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, April 21, 2011

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