“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.”
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.