“For an hour every day, I did something. I was on the elliptical or the treadmill, and if someone asked me to go to a class, whether it was spinning, boxing, yoga, you name it, I went. By the end of the month, I felt so good, I just kept going. I didn’t want to lose my momentum.” – Molly Sims
“Social graces are not the equivalent of money, class, or ostentatiousness. They are the traits of a decent person. Whether born into privilege or poverty, how we treat others speaks loudly of who we are as people.”
“Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.” – John Shirley
Manners. Where have they gone? When did we become an all-about-me society that frowns upon kind, thoughtful and polite people? Why are those few viewed as weak and old-fashioned?
As I write this, I must confess that I haven’t yet sent my Christmas thank you notes. And shame on me. It’s careless and I won’t make any excuse. I’m remiss and tardy.
My father shared this great quote today and I have to do the same. Manners are from the heart. Etiquette encompasses the rules of behavior. Both are timeless and should be a way of life, not a thing of the past.
Don’t just say please and thank you. Live in a manner that shows you mean it. Service. Gratitude. Compassion. Civility. Lead by example.
Maybe, just maybe, we can make a difference in this world if we all make an effort.
“In order to write about life first you must live it.”– Ernest Hemingway
“Today is always the most productive day of your week.” – Mark Hunter
We say it all the time – life is short. But until the moment strikes, I’m not sure that we truly acknowledge that. We think that we have time. We think that we will do tomorrow what we think of today. Don’t be foolish. Continue reading “Don’t wait. Tomorrow is today.”
“The world can be a better place if there’s love, tolerance, and humility.” – Irena Sendler
“Our entire life – consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are.” – Jean Anouilh
Anyone who writes can tell you that life gives us an endless supply of material. Everywhere we go, everything we do and everything we see and hear ignites the spark of thoughts that we carry around with us until we bring them to life.
Continue reading “On writing.”