Hello again, it's me Joseph and I'm on the move. As you know, I am a huge fan of celebrating everything, embracing all cultures and showing kindness. Most of us, except the mean people, can achieve these goals by simply minding our manners. If we start there, kindness, tolerance and celebration will flow as freely as the wine at Sunday dinner!
Lucky for you, dear reader, I recently came across a list of 50 Unspoken Etiquette Rules we should follow to make the world a nicer place. I've highlighted some of my personal favorites and added my own twist to get us started:
A real smile. (people will think your constipated if it's forced.)
Smile at the cashier. The bank teller. Your co-worker. Even if he or she doesn’t smile back. A smile can truly make someones day!
SAY “PLEASE” AND “THANK YOU”
Especially to those closest to you. Its simple, free, and goes a long way!
STEP OUTSIDE TO ANSWER PHONE CALLS
If you decide that you absolutely have to take a call, step outside, or around a corner, or just step aside for a moment. It's not only respectful to the people that are behind you in line, it's also respectful to the person you're talking to. Complete strangers don't need to hear their business. We can hear it.
PUT YOUR SMARTPHONE AWAY DURING MEALS
Right now. This means you. At the Windemere Residence, phones are NOT allowed in the dining room, which makes sense. LOOK AT THE PERSON WHO IS SPEAKING TO YOU. Seriously. Look up from your smartphone and that smartwatch you have.
HANDWRITE THANK-YOU NOTES
He or she took the time to send the gift; take the time to show you care.
DRESS FOR THE OCCASION
Know how to rock it for the club or dress modestly for a funeral. In fact, let's just take a moment to Bring Sexy Back!
That was awesome! Now back to our regular programming. Please wear your PJs at home, not to the grocery store and please: PULL YOUR PANTS UP! While we're at it, have you ever turned around at a wedding and wondered if someone was lost? Honey, we are in church not the Beach Cantina!
RAISE YOUR GLASS
I know when you look out your Rochester, NY window it seems like summer is forever days away but its only 120 ish days away! As we get ready for this fabulous season and dust of our floating flamingos, unicorns or other fun inflatables, remember when you pass a fellow floater to raise your glass and say CHEERS (or Gesondheid, Proost, ΥΓΕΙΑ, Cin cin or whatever you're learning and celebrating). It's a great w