The Golden Rules to live by. I hope you will not think me too pious, but I think it would be fun to look at what good manners are acceptable today. I wanted to get it right and purchased several books on etiquette by several well known authors. I have been reading and reviewing and thought it might be fun to explore one new thought on manners each time I post. As a girl, I was a good Girl Scout and a good Home Economist. Parents, leaders, teachers, and Sunday school took the time to teach us manners.
Now days as I walk or drive in my own city I often wonder who knows what are acceptable manners anymore. It often thrills me when someone shows me an act of kindness, like holding a door, or saying “Have a nice day”. I want more!
We use to have Emily Post and the paper would cover some of this so I will start small and maybe it will grow…! Please feel free to comment on each new thought on manners.
Here is my first thought for the day ….
The golden rule! Treat others as you would want to be treated!
Imagine if we all did this, there would be no need for the News!
I bet you can not wait for my second rule on manners! Stay tuned..
Well you might call the next rules pet peeves. This is the most political I get.
Rule #2 Do not talk about other people, especially your friends. Usually people who talk about others will talk about you. This is a rule I have to remember as I have been guilty of breaking it.
Rule #3-If you can’t say something good about someone, do not say anything!
Rule #4-If you are able bodied, give your seat to an elderly or handicap person. They might not be able to stand. If you can, stand so they can sit.
Rule #5-Consider your actions on others, like texting while driving. Can’t it wait so you do not kill someone!
Rule #6- We should have a whole book on how to use a cell phone in society. Cell phones should stay out of sight in public when you are sharing the space with others. In the doctor’s office, in a restaurant, with your family and friends it is really impolite to pull out a cell phone when the focus should be your guests or friend or the people around you. Silence is golden.
Rule#6- Children should be seen and not heard.
Comment: I don’t know if I agree children should be seen not heard. My sister’s and brothers children were the best behaved and silent children I’ve seen. These are my older siblings who prescribed to the seen not heard rule.the only problem with the children was they were so guarded they never talked or relaxed and acted like children. I missed that playing around, even horsing around. Also it put me in a category of older person that the children never grew out of. They still seem to act as if they have to watch themselves around me and they are in their twenties.
Jenny- I should have said – in public manners matter. At home kids can be kids. My mom did make us sit at the dinner table until all members of the family were finished and we learned to talk to the family at meals. We had chores to do. My mom taught me to dust and clean my room by the time I was in 3rd grade. There was no “horsing around” in side the house because we did not have a lot of money to replace or repair items we might mess up and we had to be clean to sit on furniture. It was not bad, both my brother and I knew what my mom wanted. We could play with games, dolls, trucks, blocks, and even watch TV. It all goes back to the word respecting others and it is nice when kids learn how to behave at an early age when in public. We had plenty of play in and out of the house. I do not remember a day that we stayed in the house, even in the winter. I remember fishing, playing in the yard and woods, swinging, riding my bike, playing with the dogs, and we were not quiet.
Time: January 31, 2016 at 4:58 pm
Comment- Comment: JENNY I am with you on these.
Rule #7- Do not litter! Do not poison the earth. Pick it up. I really hate the way the roads look with waste and trash everywhere.
Rule #8- I have recently decided talking about politics and religion in public is really bad manners. If you want to debate politics, do it in a forum where people agree with you. It will make you feel better.
Rule#9- No one knows everything. I think it is wise to listen, think, and then if you have to speak, compromise to make peace! Life is too short.