I was feeling rather frustrated. One of THOSE mornings. It seems that no-one I encountered had any concept of basic manners of any sort. I helped people with a few small tasks. Not a thank you to be found. I gave way to oncoming traffic in a busy side street more than once and not a wave, nod or acknowledgement of thanks. A voice inside kept saying, "Do not lower your standards, just because others are not demonstrating any basic courtesies". I allowed a lady to walk through a door before me and there was not a word or any form of acknowledgement, so I decided to thank myself. In a just loud enough (but not too loud voice) I said "Thank You!" as she walked off. I'm pretty sure she heard me. Maybe she'll think twice? In that moment I decided that if people don't offer me a thank you, I'll give myself one. I don't want to stop behaving in respectful way on the roads or as I encounter others, so perhaps I just have to accept that some people have different values to mine.