Todays starter is "a quick look back." Go!
A quick look back is the difference between conscientious and self-absorbed, between a good citizen and a waste of space. It can be surprising how big a gap is created by such a small action but when I'm out and about on the town it's the sort of thing I notice regularly.
Obviously there are plenty of instances in life where a quick look back can be very important, but the one time I notice more than any other is when people are going through swinging doors. Anyone with more than half a thought for anyone else will take a glance backwards as they go through the door to see if someone is close behind them. If there is, they hold the door, and if there's not, they let it swing shut after them. Self-absorbed pricks just keep their eyes front and don't spare a thought for the poor granny three steps behind them who's about to get a door in the face.
And this is by no means a male or female thing. I've seen just as many women on cellphones with their eyes on the prize allow a door to swing closed into someones face as I've seen men too busy admiring their own watches to hold the door for a fellow businessman. Ignorant behavior is color, gender and age blind.
The funny thing is, what actually sparked this topic for me was seeing a man on a cellphone exiting a building check over his shoulder to see if there was anyone behind him to hold the door for. It was an unexpected reminder for me that there is still some civility in this civilization.