Saturday, August 1, 2009

Because it Needs to be Said..

Today I would like to talk about a little thing called etiquette. No, not the kind kind that you would use when having lunch with the queen of England, just common every day manners. Some of these may seem obvious, but hey, we all forget every now and then. So, here are my top rules to never forget.

Don't forget about what you say: It's easy to get caught off guard and say something that can be taken the wrong way. But it's important to use a filter. Think about what you say, before you say it. I'm not trying to cage any free spirits here, but there is a time and place for everything. Don't get caught bringing up something that could be considered mean or hurtful, even when intended to be Innocent enough.Don't complain, because anyone who has ever been around a nonstop complainer knows how old it can get really fast.

Don't forget about how you act: Let's face it, actions speak louder than words. But body language can be even harder to censor. Sometimes, it's best to just 'smile and nod' and then when you are alone or with a close friend let it all out. It is easy to misread other peoples expression. While you could be wincing at the unfavorable taste of a new flavor of gum, someone else may think that it is directed at a new necklace that they were so excited to show off. Just try to be aware of your surroundings, and take note of appropriate actions, and reactions.

Don't forget about what you wear: Now before anyone thinks of me as being incredibly shallow, allow me to explain. I'm notsaying that you have to wear designer clothes, or keep up with the latest fashions, but keep your self presentable. Wear clothes that fit your body, and are appropriate for where you are going, or what you are doing. You shouldn't wear short cut athletic clothes to the mall, or things that are over sized or way too tight. Wear things that flatter your body. I am not saying you have to dress up like you are going to the academy awards, but know your body. Got a problem area (and who doesn't?) then don't bring unwanted attention by wearing something that is too tight over it, or not covering it up at all.

Don't forget about time: Plain and simple, Don't be late. In fact, be early! Also, don't make plans you're not sure you cant keep, and if you are just not able to make it to something or have to be late, call ahead and let the other person know.

Don't forget to laugh it off: It can be easy to get annoyed when you feel like someone is being overly rude or inappropriate. But really, getting upset isn't going to make anything better. Sometimes it's just best to walk away, or laugh at the situation. Try to remember to stay optimistic, and hey, at worst you have a funny story to tell to others. Usually, it's just best to sit back and


Erin said...

great post! hope you had fun yesterday - we sure did have some good laughs :)

Amanda said...

I did! And yes, there were definetly some "this is so ridiculous it's just plain funny" moments :)

aynzan said...

This made interesting reading!

Adam said...

We are sadly approaching the end of the age of manners. :(