Holding the door open for others
Commitment to community and country
Airline travel that was fun and exciting
Respect for elders and others
Focusing on all society – not simply the “What’s in it for me!”
Music that is pleasant to the ear and not a high volume
Good old westerns
Use of words like “Thank You”, “Your Welcome and “Please”
Regard and honor for people holding elected office
Movies / shows without violence and vulgar language
Using turn signals
Entertaining ourselves and not always being entertained
Paying in cash
Long term vision vs. short term gain
Life without codes / passwords
Sitting on front porches
Can you add to this list?
Yes, there are many Iowan’s that believe and embrace these characteristics but it seems like the number is getting smaller. Most of these items are not age related (the values they reflect are still important today) – hopefully, the new generations will embrace many of these same values and characteristics.
Pointing a finger at the cause can be difficult, however, it is my belief that part of the answer may be that about three decades ago the idea of having casual days at work resulted in one day a week in which the employee could dress “casually” – normally it was a Friday. That one day seems to have transformed into “casual” work dress all the time. The nature of the word “casual” often means not only how we dress but how we address the work to be done. The productive level may not be as high in a casual atmosphere as it is in a formal work climate.
That casual nature seems to have worked its way into all of society including religious areas and how “dressed up or down” our communities appear. There is a great deal of “grey” and less clarity of distinct “yes or no” in our lives.
If we treat our communities and neighborhoods in a casual manner that is how they often appear visually and how people regard them. Communities and neighborhoods need a mixture of the formal and the casual to provide excitement and interest to both residents and visitors. Do you want a blue jeans community or one that is dressed in a sports coat and slacks? Maybe you want your town to be a tuxedo community, suit and tie community or at a minimum a sport coat and slacks community.
Many people think that the list doesn’t apply to them. They believe these are for everyone else?
Just some shared thoughts about the basic values that may help make our communities and neighborhoods successful and filled with pride.