Here are some things you can do to be polite:
- Hold the door open for a lady or an elderly person.
- Hold the elevator door open so that it does not close before someone coming down the hall can reach it.
- In the elevator, ask a person in the back what floor they would like, and push the button for him.
- Address an elder man or woman as "sir" or "maam" (or "uncle" or "aunty" here in Hawaii).
- Send a "thank you" card.
- When driving, let the other car merge into your lane.
- When driving, when someone lets you merge, wave to say thank you.
- When a service person does something for you, say "thank you."
- When someone does a really good job, write a short note to his boss. It will stay in his file.
- When a delivery person brings you a package at your office, offer him a soda.
- Check up on someone you know who is ill, and bring them some flowers or pastries.
- Being polite in the dojo is easy because there are established norms. Follow the rules of etiquette in your dojo.
Charles C. Goodin