Respect, Manners, and Courtesy... a modern day translation of "do unto others, as you would have them do unto you." I honestly feel that if everyone
added these words to their vocabulary, they would contribute greatly from them in treating others the way they wish to be treated. I picked up on
these words from working in the hospitality industry and I feel these words hold more value than any others words that one can attribute to
You see in the hospitality industry people seem to think that just because they have money they are high class, and they feel they can treat anybody
who does not have as much money as them any way they feel like. Sorry to bust up many peoples bubble, but money does not equal class. Higher
economical class does not equal classy people. In the 20+ years I've been in this industry the classiest people that I have come across are the ones
that uphold these three little words; Respect, Manners, and Courtesy.
These three words have been engraved in my son's head since he has been able to talk, however my son was diagnosed with that BS ADD/ADHD (I am making
another thread on this crap as my son has never been placed on drugs and is now MATURING to a very respectful, manner filled, and courteous young boy,
so for us... this theory is bunk) when he was younger, so for him these words were hard for him to comprehend at the time because he was just a child.
He is now 7 and understands these words to their fullest extent. I have taught him that if he goes around and shows actions of these words to
everyone that he will never have a problem with them. If he has done so and they have a problem with him, then the issue lies with them. So if
anyone ever asks my son what his daddy's three big words are? He responds with "respect, manners, and courtesy." When asked what does respect mean?
He responds with "when someone is nice to you, you be nice to them." When asked what are manners? He responds with "please, thank you, you're
welcome, excuse me, yes sir, no sir, yes ma'am, no ma'am." When asked what courtesy means to him? He responds with "when someone is sleeping,
studying, talking, teaching, listening, fishing, or golfing you need to be quiet." When asked what does respect, manners, and courtesy mean to him?
He responds with "do unto others, as you would have them do unto you." If asked to break it down for those that do not understand that meaning, he
responds with "treat others the way you wish to be treated." Mind you my son is 7, so keeping it simple is key here with him, or any child for that
matter. The meanings get deeper as you get older I tell him.
So for me it's not whether one is religious, spiritual, atheist, agnostic, or whatever the person's belief, it is whether or not they wish to simply
treat others the way they wish to be treated. I have my rules that I follow, and for myself and my son it matters where they came from because of our
beliefs and our life experiences. For the meaning of these words to resonate within, is of course up to that individual's self. Do you have it have
it in you to follow three simple words? Have a wonderful and peaceful day.
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