There are a lot of things we just know to be simple rules and courtesies of life.

Pick up after yourself. Call home. Say I love you. Let others go before you. If you drink the last of the coffee make more for the next person.

I try to remember all of these “good person” things daily and sometimes, I’ll be honest, I do them with a frown instead of a smile. Why? Because I feel like I can’t be bothered with the task (or with even caring about the task).

No one else refills the coffee. I’m too busy to call my parents. I’m too tired to pick up the kitchen. I was here first in line!

And it’s at that exact moment of feeling entitled…of feeling like I can’t be bothered…that I must remind myself to, in fact, be bothered.

Because family doesn’t live forever. Because you feel good inside when you do a simple thing to make someone else’s life easier. Because you would want someone to do the same for you.

So the next time you feel like you can’t be bothered to do something…remember that A) it probably won’t take any time at all to just do it B) you would want someone to do it for you probably and C) it doesn’t matter what other people do, do what you know to be right.