Developing a Black Belt Attitude: Courtesy

Life is short, but there is always time enough for courtesy. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each week we discuss a Black Belt Attitude topic with the kids in our Warrior Talk. This week will be on Courtesy. Please pass this on to as many people as you can.

Developing a Black Belt Attitude: COURTESY

  • To consciously respect and acknowledge other people’s space and to be mindful when we enter it.
  • We have to constantly remind ourselves that every other living being has a right to exist free of judgement and free of being bullied.
  • It is inherent to our own nature to always put our own comfort zone first, and we often need to be reminded that we are not actually the centre of the universe.
  • Pure courtesy comes from conscious action free from the constraints of the ego.
  • To be courteous because that is the right action for that situation.
  • Courtesy is not weakness, it shows strength. Courtesy and kindness go hand in hand.


  1. For this week try being unconditionally courteous.
  2. Respect that everyone has a space that they think is important.
  3. Learn to respond to every situation free from the ego (now that’s a challenge).
  4. Always be polite to everyone; we never hear enough please and thank you.
  5. Say excuse me when you enter and move through someone else’s space.
  6. Respond with a smile … say “that’s okay”

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