Sometimes in our rush to get things done, the small courtesies can get lost. As we go about our day, it's good to remember that these niceties help cushion our lives, making the journey softer and more pleasant, not only for ourselves, but for others as well. Courtesies like returning phone calls, acknowledging e-mails, arriving on time for meetings, putting your grocery cart back in the right place, or smiling at people instead of staring past them.
As Nancy Lindemeyer, former editor of Victoria magazine once said, "Nice matters." It all adds up to living our lives more beautifully. And sometimes I need a reminder.