bringing the RQ down
bringing the RQ down
I want you to do something for me.
You know I've been on this rudeness/courtesy tangent. I've been thinking about ways in which to obliterate the rudeness quotient of the world. That's RQ for short. Think of the RQ as our gross international debt, with bad behavior substituted for dollars. And let's just say the debt has skyrocketed.
I had that one day last week where I tried to be nice and pleasant for the whole day, even in the face of rudeness. I think I got it all wrong. I'm trying to make the world feel good. I'm trying to get rid of the black cloud of surliness hanging over our head. So ignoring someone's rudeness isn't going to cut it. Sure, I won't be adding to the RQ, but I won't be doing anything to bring it down, either. See, for every nice, courteous, kind thing you do, another RQ point bites the dust. It's the whole negation thing.
So here's the idea. Do something nice today. I'm not talking about the patented random acts of kindness where you help a little old lady across the street or pay someone's toll. I'm talking about kindness that actually effects your life. Something you have been meaning to do for a while but just never got around to. Maybe something you've talked and talked about doing and for one reason or another left on the back burner.
This is what I want you to do for me. And for yourself. And for the gross international debt of of bad behavior. I want you to call your mother. I want you to say you're sorry to your brother for stealing his record back in the fifth grade. I want you to bring coffee to your co-workers or make your wife breakfast or put a love note in your boyfriend's lunch. I want you to put the housework aside for the night and take the kids to the park instead. I want you to return your neighbor's table saw that you borrowed six months ago. Take your neighbor's garbage cans in from the curb. Tell your parents you love them. Write a thank you note to your best friend for always being there for you. Tell a teacher how much they are appreciated. Return that phone call or email. Forgive your sister. Ask for forgiveness. Buy flowers for someone. Take an employee to lunch. Fix your aunt's squeaky door. Read a funny book to a kid. Read a funny book to your wife. Ask what you can do to help out. Forgive a debt. Just....be nice. If you're always nice, be extra nice, then.
I want you to blog about it. If you don't have a blog, leave a comment here. Send me an email. Tell me what you did or what you are going to do to lower the Rudeness Quotient of the world.
No, I haven't gone nuts. No, the Paxil hasn't made me all rainbows and fuzzy bunnies. I'm just tired of the hate and the war and bickering and the rudeness. I'm tired of road rage and air rage and explosions and death. I'm tired of complaining about the state of the world but not doing anything about it. Yea, this isn't Nobel Peace Prize material. I know. It's not going to make a ripple of a difference in the world at large. But if it makes a difference to me or you or your neighbor or family for just one day, then that's a good start.
Ready? Go forth and be kind.