Hold the Door Open for Someone
Holding the door open for someone is something they just do in old movies, right? Guess again. Holding the door open is a polite and thoughtful act you can easily do for your family, friends and even strangers, every day. Whether you’re at school, the grocery story, at work, or at home, those around you will certainly appreciate your good manners.
How you treat others can also say a lot about you as a person. If actions really do speak louder than words, what are you telling others about yourself? Besides, everyone appreciates a polite act, like having a door held open for them. Hold a door open for someone and give them a smile. A small gesture on your part, like holding the door open for someone, will certainly brighten their day and may even turn around a bad mood.
Step It Up
Go out of your way whenever you can to hold a door open for others. If you are about to enter a door, and you notice that there are people behind you, hold the door open for them until all of them are inside.
Keep It Simple
Remember to hold the door open for others whenever the occasion arises.
from: The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
Thursday, March 12, 2009.
As I was heading to class today I saw a young college student carrying a load of books and a backpack across the street and heading into one of the buildings on campus. As my load was much lighter, I hurried ahead of the student and opened the door for them to easily enter the college building without dropping any books from the trouble of opening a door.
On Saturday I was able to have the chance at many acts of kindness. One being spending the evening with my wife and her aunt at the mall and not even complaining once….
But the one I want to share is an opportunity that caught me off guard a little. While entering a store with a set of those heavy double glass doors, two older ladies were walking into the store in front of us. Both of them had their arms full of bags and packages and couldn’t even think about grabbing for the door handle.
To my surprise no one else made any effort to help these women. When seeing nothing done, I quickly stepped ahead of my wife and aunt and hurried in front of these ladies. I grabbed the door and opened it wide for them both to enter with their armfuls of packages. The look on their faces was unbelievable. It was like someone had just given them $500. They were so appreciative and thanked me over and over. I said no problem, smiled, and wished them a good evening.
Of course I went ahead and held the door for my wife and aunt, but that probably doesn’t count as nice – it’s kind of a have to thing….