Have you ever thought to yourself that since most people in the big city are too involved in their own universes, your small gestures of public courtesies will likely not be noticed by the ones, to whom you show, and therefore, why bother showing any, even if it is required by the circumstance?
Earlier this afternoon, I was walking in Toronto Financial District, approaching a busy intersection. While being a few minutes away from the roaming traffic, I noticed a tourist, dragging a fully packed luggage across the intersection street, who was headed in my direction. I consciously paused my footstep and immediately stopped at the location, where I was, wanting to leave some space in between other people in the street and I so that the tourist could walk by. Upon getting himself and the luggage up the street pavement, the tourist and I happened to catch each other’s eyes, in that split of a second, he mouthed at me silently, ” Thank you.”
I do oftentimes have the same doubt as to whether or not public courtesy is in the decline. I still do not have a definitive answer. That being said, I can assure you that out of a hundred indifferent people in street, there will always be at least one or two exceptions, whose acknowledgement of what we have done for them, in the most minuscule way, that will make us feel content and worthwhile for the little hand that we have just lent.