08/20 for today – on courtesy

“there is a courtesy of the heart. it is akin to love. out of it arises the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.”

when i think on it, ‘courtesy of the heart’ reminds me of another saying, ‘observation without judgement’. but it goes beyond that, too, i think, for it observation is a non-behavior. ‘courtesy of the heart’ is a behavior, it is how i treat others and their business.

like a free ride at the casino… this courtesy does not expect anything in return. it may have set routes, but at the same time, it doesn’t judge what you’re wearing, where you’re going, what you’re doing or who you are. rather, it requires itself to be open and flexible regarding its passengers. am i comparing myself to a courtesy car? eh, maybe a little.

i like the idea of courtesy. and i practice it though certainly not perfectly or as willingly as i should. this courtesy requires me to treat the world with a loving kindness that i don’t always feel. it requires me to set aside judgement first and foremost, as well as anger and fear. those three are very human traits and emotions in the world today. that’s the problem, the world today needs less of them and more loving kindness.. and yes, courtesy.

for today, i am grateful for a higher power that accepts me just as i am; the natural universe has an innate courtesy to do just that. for today, i can do my best to follow that example, treating the world with consideration and courtesy, offering the world a softer place to brush up against. there are enough jagged edges in life, i don’t have to be one of them.

* the opinions expressed in this blog are mine and not that of OA

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~ by ghyllee mahree on 2015/08/20.

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