Manners – A Lost Art?

Have you noticed that general manners seem to be a lost art?  Did our society forget that genreal kindness/manners help people to be kind? Why havemanners been forgotten?

 I recently had an interaction with a Fed-Ex delivery person and the person just blurter out a question without saying hello or acknowledging he was even talking to me. When I gave him an answer to the question he blurted out at me, there was no Thank You, I appreciate your help etc.  Our youngest generation seems to have “forgotten” manners as well. I am always reminding my kids to say Thank You and Please. Even though they seem to “forget” these manners at home, they do say them when they are out.

Why don’t we remind our future leaders to say Thank You, Please, Yes sir, Yes Ma’am or hold a door open for someon etc.? Is it too hard to raise the next generation with decency?  Showing respect to others helps our society become better people and will take the edge off of saying hello to somone. Besides, if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. We can change ourselves to change the world.

Thank you for reading this.

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Today as I drove into work I received the great privilege of seeing the sun rise once again. As I drove in I noticed an ambulance on the side of the road. The medic was out of the ambulance taking a picture of the sunrise over downtown Tampa. 

In his line of work he took the time to appreciate the sunrise. He may come across people today that  don’t get this privilege again. I also noticed the drivers, some scowling at the sun, some digging for sun glasses and others not even noticing this amazing opportunity in front of them.  It amazes me that we get this BIG windshield to see all the opportunities in front of us and don’t even notice them.

How did you see the sunrise today? Did you enjoy it?  In our busy busy, rush, rush world we need to appreciate every moment of natural beauty we get the opportunity to see. Ta

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I have been reading some great things lately and this is what I read today.

An excerpt from
Habits Die Hard
by Mac Anderson & John J. Murphy

I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest asset or heaviest burden.
I will push you up to success or down to disappointment.
I am at your command.
Half the things you do might just as well be turned over to me.
For I can do them quickly, correctly, and profitably.
I am easily managed; just be firm with me.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work with the precision of a
machine and the intelligence of a person.
You can run me for profit, or you can run me for ruin.
Show me how you want it done. Educate me. Train me.
Lead me. Reward me.
And I will then…do it automatically.
I am your servant.
Who am I?
I am a habit.

How can I Help You break out of or into NEW habits?


Inside Out

I received this article today and I wanted to share it.

Are You Living Inside Out?  |  by Christine Hassler

Most of us rely too much on what is happening or not happening in our life to determine what kind of mood we’re in. It’s as if the circumstances of life become the conductor of our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. And once we’ve boarded this out in train, we enter into a cycle of looking for something outside of us to ease the uneasiness inside. But often that uneasiness inside is simply a reaction to the opinion we are forming about the outside world. Rather than trying to change what is happening (which is often impossible), do an inside job and change your perception.

So consider what you are currently allowing to determine your mood. Are you more orientated to an out in way of feeling? If so, I encourage you to turn yourself inside out and take your mood back into your own hands. Doesn’t it feel good to know you don’t have to wait for someone or something else to do it for you? You are capable of determining your own inner experience no matter what is going on outside of you. I understand at times this feels especially challenging. Life is not stingy with opportunities to learn how to be more content within ourselves no matter what; however, life is also very generous when we are less stingy with ourselves. It’s time to gift yourself with those great feelings you may have been projecting on something outside of you.

Are we living inside out? Are we Reacting to things instead of Responding? Let’s take control of our lives. After all, whos life is it anyway?

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F.E.A.R. of failure

I recently received this great quote from Brian Johnson creator of  “en*theos”:

We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure – all your life.

                                                                                                                                                                       John W. Gardner

As you may have heard me say before, F.E.A.R. is an acronym for False Expectations Appearing Real. Also, I don’t necessarily believe in failure. If you are trying to get somewhere and you make a wrong turn, do you stop trying to get to your destination? I hope not.  Failure occurs when you decide not to make another attempt to achieve your goal. Did you give up trying to walk as a young child? I bet you fell down a time or two and even skinned your knee or hands.

As the quote suggests, FEAR carries a heavy price, we don’t get to experience life and learning. If you want to get to know someone you need to talk to them. That means you have to take a step towards the person to intiate conversation.  Don’t let F.E.A.R. stop you from making an attempt, making an experience and achieving a goal.


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