Submitted by Don Doman.
Jorge was a young construction worker, sitting and waiting for a bus. Natasha was an older lady confined to a wheelchair. She asked him about his orange safety vest, “Where do you get those?”
The vests are highly reflective and are easily seen by oncoming automobile traffic. Natasha thought that a similar vest might protect her as she crossed the streets to and from her home.
Jorge stood up, took the vest off, removed his name tag and presented his four sizes too big vest to Natasha as a gift.
In a world that seems less concerned with the well being of others, than with grabbing what you can, Jorge’s selflessness stands out as a welcome gesture.
In our personal lives and the business world there is room for improvement in manners and etiquette. In the business etiquette training video America the Rude, the lack of good manners and honesty is pointed out as a growing problem.
“As common courtesy becomes less common and good taste is all but a contradiction of terms, Americans continue to push the envelope of socially acceptable behavior. Does the Golden Rule still apply, or are people too busy to care about the feelings of others? This program probes the apparent erosion of decorum in the United States, which has had a profound impact on respect for authority, trust for one another, and willingness to give a helping hand. Experts include Professor Stephen Carter, of Yale University; psychologist Arnold Nerenberg, author of Overcoming Road Rage; and Pier Forni, of Johns Hopkins University’s Civility Project.”
Susanne Bacon says
Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. I feel, this is not just about manners and etiquette, it’s about empathy. To know it’s still out there, is encouraging. It is self-centeredness that comes from a growing self-imposed isolation that manners and etiquette as well as empathy vanish more and more. Time to get reminded that we can put human back into humanity.
Don Doman says
I appreciate your comments. I do think we need to be reminded of our place in humanity and the tiny effort it sometimes takes to improve the world.
Thanks for reading and for writing. I love to hear from my readers.