Thursday, November 18, 2010

How People Should Behave

Today as I was driving on the freeway to work, the man in front of me and I signaled to change lanes at the same time. I happened to change lanes first. Instead of preventing him from getting into my lane or zipping past him before he could do so like many Utah drivers would have done, I signaled for him to come over. And instead of being annoyed by my beating him to the lane first, he changed lanes and signaled a "thank you" back to me, and I returned the favor by signaling a "your welcome," and I thought, "This is how people are supposed to behave; with civility and politeness."

Later, as I was getting ready to go home, I had to make a left hand turn past three lanes of heavy traffic. It was quite busy, and I'm sure people were trying to get home. As traffic commenced moving once the light changed, all three drivers across the three lanes I had to cross stopped to let me pass. Any one of the drivers could have just as easily moved with the flow of traffic as was their prerogative, but all three stopped in unison to let me through, and I signaled my thanks to them, and I again thought, "This is how people should behave."

In both the Salt Lake area and Las Vegas, where I drive frequently, I find an abundance of rude, inconsiderate, self-centered drivers. It was so nice today to encounter people who weren't. I wish everyone could be as kind and thoughtful as these people were in all dealings in life. It was really nice to see. Such a small thing, but I was greatly affected by it.

Just as a side note: the director of the show I am currently rehearsing gave me a thumbs up after one of my scenes and said only two words: "[Cody], perfection!" It made me feel good. All in all, it's been a very pleasant day.

3 comments:

The Faithful Dissident said...

Amazing how far a small courtesy can go, eh? And on the flip side of things, the consequences of even just a small, selfish act.

Love the new "facelift," Cody. Hope you are well. ;)

Corey said...

i agree! that is awesome that people were being civil! i have to admit though that i am usually one of the uncivil drivers...i will work on that.

Gay LDS Actor said...

I am well, FD. Hope you are, too. I'm glad you like the new look.