Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Gracious Living Part 3 – The Art of Graciousness

by Lois Jamieson
I am fortunate to be married to a man who grew up with gracious living and today continues living the art of graciousness. I confess that we are members of the older generation. I am sure some people practice the same thing, but call it by a different name, perhaps simply, “Good Manners.” One special thing my husband does is open doors for me. This is one of his many ways of showing me love and respect.

Today, in my third and last post for the Gracious Living Series, I would like to emphasize opening car doors.
Opening car doors is a courtesy that you rarely see today. However, just the other day I saw a man nimbly jump out of his side of the car. He walked around to the passenger side to assist his nine-month pregnant wife with opening her door. I could hardly believe I was witnessing such a perfect example of the art of graciousness.
Call it good manners, kindness, or thoughtfulness.
It is all a part of Gracious Living.
“If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers,
it shows he is a citizen of the world.”
Francis Bacon