Chivalry Isn’t Dead

chivalry not deadToday I’d like to invite you to do something chivalrous. Whether you’re a man or a woman, do something that puts someone else before you.

This morning I went to the post office. As I always do, I walked over to get a ticket as soon as I got there. I was #91, and there were a few other people there when I arrived.

I must admit that usually when I go to the post office, if there are other people there, I hope that some of them forgot to get a ticket so I don’t have to wait for them. Sometimes a person will see me get a ticket, realize they forgot to do so, and then they get a ticket after mine. I consider these small victories of someone who really values his time.

Something different happened today, though. After I took my ticket, a middle-aged woman said, “Oh, darn it, I forgot to take a ticket.”

My arm then did something unexpected. I can’t take credit for its actions. As soon as the woman spoke, my arm handed her my ticket.

I think she was just as shocked as I was, and she said, “I guess chivalry isn’t dead.” I replied, “Not yet.” I don’t know what that means, and it seems more ominous in print than in person, but it’s what I said.

Afterwards, I applauded my arm for its chivalry, and I hope it carries over to the rest of my body. I often hold doors open for people, but it really is rare that I would sacrifice my place in line for someone. But it felt good. It felt right. I hope to do it more often, and I hope you take an act of chivalry today too. Feel free to share it here–I believe in sharing altruism so that it becomes contagious.

2 thoughts on “Chivalry Isn’t Dead”

  1. You should be alarmed. While your arm did perform a kind and charitable act, it did so of its own volition, and that’s only one step from mutiny. Best to pre-emptively amputate that arm to avoid future insurrection and to make a gruesome example for the other limbs before they get any ideas.

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