Common Courtesy – May It Become Common Again

Mar 21st

Holy Humor – Joke of the Day  

The new minister stood at the church door greeting the members as they left the Sunday moring service. Most of the people were very generous telling the new minister how much they liked his message, except for one man who said, “The was a very dull and boring sermon, pastor.”
A few minutes later, the same man again appeared in line and said, “I don’t think you did much preparation for your message.”
Once again, the man appeared, this time muttering, “You really blew it. You didn’t have a thing to say, pastor.”
Finally, the minister could stand it no longer. He went to one of the deacons and inquired about the man.
“Oh, don’t let that guy bother you,” said the deacon. “He’s a little slow. All he does is go around repeating whatever he hears other people saying.”

Fragrance Day –  Today is about smelling great!  For MOST people this is a day worth celebrating, and many women love wearing perfume so it’s nice for them.  And for many guys, their gal’s perfume smells attractive and they appreciate smelling it.  For some of us, it’s not such a great thing.  More on that in a few minutes.  Perfumes have been in use for 100s of years.  In ancient times they were used to hide body odors, and honestly I work for a moving company and we get many truck drivers from out of town in our office – I do believe that some of THEM are using cologne to do the same thing. (BLECH) In ancient times though, baths didn’t happen very frequently and after a few days things began to smell less than sweet.  Perfumes played a very important role in making things more palatable.  Today we are fortunate to have a daily shower to get rid of icky odor, but many folks still like the smell of perfumes and colognes. 

Now a note for those of us who have struggles with it . . . Some people – myself for example – suffer from something known as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome (MCSS).  Certain perfumes, hair products, lotions, etc. contain certain chemicals that my system is sensitve to and at times the negative reaction to it is severe.  There are certain perfumes that can have me throwing up and in bed with a migraine, needing a dark room and an ice pack on my face, within seconds of breathing it in.  For me, perfume is a cruelty to my body, and I would be thrilled if the public use of perfumes were banned.  I’m fortunate that my boss has created a fragrance free environment at work for those of us who are there all the time.  There’s no controlling customers or drivers from other companies who walk in the door though.  When one of them comes in, my boss races in and shuts my office door, and opens up the window, trying to protect me from getting instantly ill.  For people who wish to be careful of the health needs of others, please consider using naturally scented aromatherapy oils instead of perfume.  With some practice you can even learn to make a perfume that is specific only to you, without the damaging chemical ingredients.

National Common Courtesy Day – It’s actually not so common any more – which is very sad.  My parents, my parents parents, etc. raised their kids that there are just certain things you do as a part of life.  If you see an elderly person coming towards the door in a store, you hold it open for them; anyone entering when you do actually!  If you see someone drop something, and their hands are full, pick it up for them.  If you have a seat on the bus and you see someone who should be seated more than you – say a pregnant woman, someone older than you, a parent with a young child – you get up and let them sit!  Picking up the clothes you try on in a store rather than throw them on the floor.  Even something as simple as saying Please and Thank you!  These things have gone by the wayside and that’s so incredibly sad!  The fact that we have a special holiday set aside to remind people to behave in a courteous fashion says a lot for how little people of today practice being NICE!  I’m truly hoping that none of you really need to be reminded to act like ladies and gentlemen, but just in case – SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT DOING THIS AUTOMATICALLY! Geesh!  Today be nice and behave in a truly courteous manner.
World Down Syndrome Day – Not all that many years ago, children born with Down Syndrome were typically placed in care homes, or institutions, where they were barely treated like human beings, and they’d be basically left there to die.  They weren’t expected to live long, and to prevent the family from becoming attached, this is how it was handled.  This is a horribly cruel thing to have been done, and so incredibly sad!  Children who are born 1 chromosome different from “normal” people are truly blessings to their families and to society.  They have so much love to give, and give it freely, without judgement, and without reservation.  World Down Syndrome Day is a day to raise awareness of what Down Syndrome is, raise funds for programs in education, work study programs, and address issues that they face in the world. Remember, God doesn’t make mistakes, and these precious people were created by God. His love shines through every single one of their smiles.
Food Celebration of the Day –
French Bread Day – What’s NOT to love about French Bread? MMMMM I can just about smell a fragrant loaf heating up in the oven, sliced for bruschetta, crostini, etc.   We’re definitely not as strict as the French regarding bread. They actually have a law that dictates the ingredients. But that’s only because French bread is tasty in so many ways… Here are some ways to enjoy it!  (I always get hungry at the food celebration portion of the day)
Roasted Garlic French Bread
Beef and Cheese French Bread
French Bread Pizza
French Bread with Pesto and Peppers
Mushroom Gouda French Bread Pizzas
Brie Bread
Baked Cinnamon Sugar French Toast
Sliced and eaten plain with cheese and a lovely red wine!
The ways to enjoy French Bread are just too numerous to list.  Your imagination is the limit. Enjoy!


Well, now that I am craving French Toast in a BIG way . . . it’s time to go show some common courtesy to the world . . . just like my Mother taught me.  God Bless you today and every day.  I’ll see you tomorrow!


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