Being raised as I was, there were three phrases or “Magic Words” that were consistently spoken and required – “Please”, “Thank you”, and “Excuse me”.
When I had children of my own, I taught them the same lessons I had been taught when I was growing up – both in our home and outside our home.
Over time, I’ve come to realize that what I came to believe was common courtesy is, often, not so common. Nevertheless, the lessons I was taught about the “Magic Words” have persisted.
To this day, I hear my Mother’s and Father’s voice whenever I speak or write those words; and, I continue to wonder why they’ve, often, become so uncommon in life and in work.
Thanks, Mom and Dad, for teaching me one of many important, simple lessons.
Your Loving and Devoted Daughter,