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Don't Be Rude

When did we, as a rule, forget how to be kind and fair to others?

Did I miss the moment at which what some would consider old-fashioned manners were largely abandoned?

In exchange, we’ve given too much margin for the rude.

It represents, for the weak in character, a pale imitation of strength.

Better to be kind. That’s the true asset.

If every person desires and deserves to be treated with a certain level of human dignity and respect, how does that show up in our words and in our actions?

Generally speaking, I certainly think mankind can do better.

The golden rule can be more than a cliche'.

Peace on earth and goodwill towards all men doesn’t have to be reserved for the Christmas season.

And even then, that particular holiday spirit doesn’t always translate.

It’s still good to say, “Please” and “Thank you.”

You can take the time to hold the door open for the person behind you.

It’s fine to speak the truth, if you possess it, but you don’t have to be a jerk about it.

There are other people on the road besides you. It’s not a death race.

And if I wanted to hear your music I would ask to sit in your car! (Sorry, that's a personal peeve.)

Instead of talking about someone, try praying for them. Your heart will turn.

Don’t interrupt when the other person is talking. That shows you’re not truly listening.

And do actually talk to people, not at them. It’s a conversation, not a monologue given with someone watching.

Take an interest in a colleague or coworker and ask about their weekend or their day.

When they say, “Good Morning”, offer more than a grumble.

And maybe look up from your phone when they say it!

Kindness is immeasurable, but free.

It truly costs nothing to care, smile, encourage, behave, and comport oneself politely.

Find a way to reduce the rude and cultivate kindess.

As Mark Twain once said, it “is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see” – Mark Twain


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