Common Courtesy

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“An excess of courtesy is discourtesy.” ~ Japanese Proverb.

In case you were wondering about the title, I am too.  Common courtesy- what is it?  What’s not enough, and what paranoia of the public?

For me?  I’d say not answering a phone call in the middle of a wedding is common courtesy.  Not screaming in the movie theatre is common courtesy (I have no problem with talking; as long as it’s to the person next to you.  Granted, my tolerance of this may be inspired by my own lack of ability to shut up).  But where does having common courtesy start infringing on your own happiness?  When does it stop being “common courtesy” and start being “slaving to someone else’s whims?”

Sometimes, I do things and have so much fun then find out other people were bothered by them.  Then I feel like I should feel guilty about it.  But I don’t.  Because I had so much fun, and after all, are we supposed to know telepathy to make people feel better?  If so… totally unfair.

Watched Labyrinth tonight and am wondering if my headache is related to the loss of braincells.  It’s a silly movie, but I’ve never been all that “in love” with either David Bowie or 80s flicks.  But the company was nice.

A note to myself:  tomorrow I am going to mention some of the things that are worrying me about the members of that group in order to try and clear things out of my head.  For tonight, there was more I wanted to write, but I don’t think my headache will allow it, so I’m going to shut off my computer and be done with this blinding light.  Adieu!

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