Nov 15, 2012

5 words and phrases I'd like to hear more often in everyday conversation

Image: Stockvault

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.
~Barbara de Angelis~


In our daily interactions we might often find ourselves feeling hurried and rushed to do everything.  Busy parents scurry around the kitchen, while the kids are scrambling to grab a quick bite to eat before running off to school.

We find ourselves frustrated at work, deadlines here and there to meet.  For many, the stresses around this time of year mount as people deal with family, finances, and crowds  during the holiday season.

So I thought of 5 words and phrases that are amazingly elementary, but can mean so much to the giver and certainly the recipient.  These are also words and phrases that I'm trying to instill in the vocabulary of my children:


HelloSaying hello to someone is like saying "You matter enough for me to me to acknowledge your presence." 

I'm Sorry:  Two words that are painfully difficult to say.  But when they spill forth from a place deep in the heart of the offender, and especially when they come with action to back it up, they can pack a lot of power.

Thank You Such a simple way to recognize a deed done in your behalf, that another person did not have to do at all.

Excuse Me: I hate when my four-year-old sees adults behaving badly. During a trip to Target a while ago, I was in an aisle alone bending to look at baby food.  I heard another cart approach and stop. Before I looked up, a lady's hands passed inches from my face to grab a couple jars off the shelf.  I hoped my daughter was distracted.  She wasn't.  "Mommy, that lady was being rude.  She didn't even say excuse me."  From the mouth of babes.

I Love You: Too many times this expression is tossed around with no meaning or even withheld from those to whom it is owed.  Tomorrow is not promised.  Hopefully these are word we give of freely to those we love each day.

16 comments:

  1. Completely agree! Thank you. ;-)
    Thank you and excuse me are both hard to come by now and they really make a tremendous difference in how a situation feels.
    -Jamie
    http://chatterblossom.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Jamie! It's sad how fast basic good manners are disappearing and as you said it makes a huge difference! So glad you stopped by. Hope you've had a good week:).

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  2. It would definitely be a better world!! It is very sad that we are walking away for good manners these days. I enjoyed reading your post.

    Thanks for linking to the Follow Who? Social Weekend HOP

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    1. You said it well. I'm very happy you enjoyed the post and I love the Follow Who hop! Take care :).

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  3. I love this post. And don't those words, those sweet basic words, just make so much sense?

    Aloha to you today. I'm spending the weekend mingling with friends and would love it if you'd join me for An Aloha Affair.

    xo,
    Nicole
    localsugarhawaii.com

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    1. Aloha Nicole! It's sad how these basic words are disappearing from our everyday dealings with each other, and they cost nothing to say but impart so much. I will absolutely join you for An Aloha Affair. I met some great folks last week and look forward to doing so again :)

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  4. so very true! How do we teach our kids if adults don't set a good example?!

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    1. Hi Roshni! It's so sad to explain to children why adults are not showing basic good manners. Like everything else I suppose, we just have to do the best we can in giving our kids the best example we can provide.

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  5. Why can't people say excuse me?? Everyone is in such a damn hurry! It drives me nuts!

    This is funny...you totally just tweeted me as I was leaving this comment! Hilarious!

    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

    PS ~ My stupid GFC is finally working again! yay...I can add you back to my reader list. Would you get on Bloglovin already!? :)

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    1. Hahaha!! Oh here's the comment huh? Lol! Ok, alright--I'll add Bloglovin too! I think I'll then have them all covered...or so I hope. Thanks Lanaya :D

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  6. I completely agree! My children are not perfect, by all means, but they do have manners. They say yes'mam/no'mam, yes'sir/no'sir, please, thank you, and they hold doors open for others when we're going into a store or something. You would think that adults, especially older people would appreciate this right? My son was going into a gas station ahead of me and seen two elderly ladies coming out, he held the door open for them and waited for their old behinds to get through the door. They didn't even acknowledge him. So be being the smart butt that I am and making sure I said it loud enough for EVERYONE to hear in the parking lot..."Son that is so nice of you to hold the door open for them, thank you so much".

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    1. You go Bonnie Franks!! I love it! I'm glad to read that your kids have good manners. You would think with all the time the old ladies took getting out of the door that they would've took one second to say Thanks! Sad. I feel good that I've had total strangers tell me that my daughter, almost 5 years old, has such good manners. Good manners really stand out in the rude world we live in. Thanks for sharing your story!

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  7. Lovely post and glorious photo. Have a good week.

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    1. Thank you so much Carole. Hope your week is just as good!

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  8. What a great post. I am confessing here. During some more difficult times in my relationship, I used to hear that I NEVER said I was sorry....I didn't see it at the time, but he was RIGHT....now I make a more conscious effort of being aware and letting someone know when I am sorry. It means alot to them and helps the communication from breaking down and walls going up.

    Irish Carter
    Dedicated2Life.com
    "Promoting Passionate People"

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    1. Hi Irish! Thanks for your sharing your own personal experience. How incredibly hard it is to say those two simple words: I'm sorry, but when you don't as you mentioned communication breaks down and it can be a destructive domino effect on the rest of the relationship.

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