I received an email from a friend regarding my interactions with him, and the positive effect they have had on him and his interactions with others. It appears that courtesy is catching.
Here is the email:
“We haven’t had a chance to chat for a while but the things you write have had an impact on my interactions with others. One thing I noticed is you take the time for a pleasantries like “nice to chat with you”. I always try to be polite with others when I interact with them but never quite as far as showing appreciation just for the opportunity to interact. Lately I’ve been adding a few of these kinds of pleasantries when interacting with others. Even with people I have good working relationships with, I’m finding they appreciate the acknowledgement and I enjoy giving it. So it is a bonus for everyone.
So thanks for leading me by example. “