It is the cardinal rule. Big or small, everyone wants to be treated with respect. It is a simple truth, similar to acknowledging that everyone has an ego, a sense of self.
Next time you feel yourself getting short with someone. Pause. Remember they are someone’s father, mother, meemaw, papa… or that they will be one day. How you treat them in this moment will color their perspective on the world, and the perspective they will seek to teach their posterity.