Why choose civility?

By David Williams
CommUNITY Living Committee member

There are many joys, as well as challenges, in living in a closed community such as Riderwood Village.  Harmonious living depends on the considerate conduct of each member of the community towards each of the others. We are hopeful that each resident, staff member, and visitor will embrace the Choosing Civility Initiative.

In our setting, civility means more than simply a lack of rudeness. It means to be respectful and considerate in our interactions and our actions with others. It is the core value of a well-functioning community and sometimes we all need a reminder that we should choose to live this vision of kindness.  For example, not returning the shopping cart to the cart room when you have finished shows a lack of caring for your fellow residents.

Having positive interactions with others helps us relax and feel good about ourselves and others. It lowers our stress levels, which in turn affects our health and well-being. It is harmonious living. Feeling comfortable with a simple “Hello!” or a warm smile, given and received, is worth  “a bottle of pills.” To observe another person’s smile of acceptance can make us feel good. It moves us forward as we continue to live happy, healthy, and comfortable lives.

Next month, you will have the opportunity to participate in a round table discussion about the 12 Principles of Considerate Behavior. They are our plan for harmonious living. Watch the bulletin boards for details on this event. Stay up to date by purchasing your copy of Choosing Civility by P.M. Forni.

The sale continues outside each restaurant on Thursdays from 4:30-5:50 p.m. The practice of civility requires two people and the interaction is likely to be positive if you practice the principles of considerate behavior.

Why choose civility? Because it makes you happy.


“Be generous to others so that they may also have the chance to be generous in return.” Rowan Williams

 – CommUNITY Living Committee

 

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