teach wordskindnessHow often do you encounter people who do not even understand what good manners really are?  It occurs everyday and now people who are polite and considerate are shaming individuals who do not have good manners.  It’s not just about knowing place settings at a formal dinner and which utensil to use in a specific order.  There was an article on the internet that  a woman wrote who witnessed a man holding a door for another woman.  When she walked through she didn’t say thank you.  He let her know that she was rude.  Having good manners is something you are taught from the time you were a little child.  It is shown to us in many ways.  Holding the door is only one part of it.  It is also being considerate of others.  For example, another younger person giving up their seat on the bus or train to an older person.  The older individuals almost always say thank you.  Banks, the post and even the grocery often say “Have a good day.”  They are trained to say the words.  Whomever made that choice obviously learned good manners from the mum and/or dad.  It is also applicable to driving.  How often are you trying to get onto the freeway or toll road, leave a shopping center to access the main road only to have not one car stop to let you go? It is a nightmare at a concert as well. Even in the church parking lot, after just attending, you would think that people would remember that they just attended service.  Instead, they are in a huge rush to go somewhere or do something and their good manners literally fly out the window!  Pleasantries are free and if you brighten another person’s day, then it automatically brightens yours.  Kindness is free and it cheers you on the inside when someone responds to you in the same way.  It is a nicer way to go about your day.  In many public schools good manners are taught to the young children so that if they didn’t learn at home, they would at least have the advantage of the knowledge from school.  Many schools expect adults to be addressed as Sir and Mam.  They are lessons that are carried through life and could make a difference in landing a position, obtaining a promotion or even obtaining a loan for a home or car.  Often, if you treat others with politeness and respect, they will repay you ten fold.  All the children in the Good Gus Series clearly understood good manners.  As you struggle with the heirs of the will or trust you are managing, remember your good manners.  When they annoy you too much visit maecharlesbooks.com and read “Misplaced Trust.” (books available on Kindle)