Please tell me chivalry is not dead!
One of my favorite things to do when I am away in different places is to observe people and their actions. You can learn a lot by just taking a minute to stop, look around you and see just what is going on in the world. This particular time I was doing it because of this quote I saw. Being a boy that grew up in the south in the 60’s, I was one of those people that was always taught to say yes ma’am and yes sir. We held the door open for people, opened car doors for those riding with us, helped people across the street and took care of those in need. We didn’t know anything different, we were gentlemen.
As I observed on this particular trip, I was astounded by what I saw. While waiting for an elevator, it was rare that men let women enter first. They just got on. When walking down the street, most couples were not walking together, the man was steps ahead of the woman, with her doing her best to keep up. Women opened their own doors and rarely did I ever see anyone pull a chair out for a lady when she sat down. It caused me to ask myself whether or not chivalry had died?
Now, I am not saying that this was a 100% of the time and there is no question that the older the population, the more likely I was to see chivalry still alive. However, it made me wonder where along the way in society did we forget to teach others the simple acts of kindness. Unfortunately, those things aren’t innate within us, they have to be taught and that usually takes place at home. Perhaps it is because we have become such a technological society that we have better relationships with machines than we have with our fellow humans and we have just lost the art of chivalry all together. I hope that is not the case.
For all my fellow men out there, this is a reminder that women are the backbone of our society. We have a responsibility to honor them and in doing so we in turn deserve the same. Holding a door open, opening a car door, walking side by side or pulling out a chair should not be a chore, it should be the norm. If you have lost a little bit of that chivalry, it’s easy to get back, it just takes a little effort and the pay off for both parties is very much worth it.
Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles today.,
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