Life Lesson Number 10: Manners Matter
We live in a narcissistic time in history. The concept of self-love grabbed the spotlight, and any thought of consideration for others got swept off the stage. It’s as if people consider manner an ancient belief. People believe manners make them appear weak. Therefore, acting tough will get them ahead. You see it everywhere you go. The behavior is in the workplace, the shopping center, and on the roads. I am not talking about an old-fashioned set of rules. Manners are a system of behavior that shows respect for others. I am here to say that manners matter.
Rooster and I took the granddaughters, not a local fast-food restaurant. I won’t mention the name of this eating establishment, but it is famous for happy meals, play places, golden arches, and hamburgers. They even have a happy clown serving as the company representative, whose name rhythms with Donald. Okay, enough said. I know the food is filled with empty calories , but the grandkids enjoy play area. The weather is cold, snow covers the ground, and colorful climbing apparatuses allow the girls to work off pent-up energy.
We finished eating, and the kids started playing when an eruption occurred in the kitchen area. An employee engaged in a heated argument with her manager about the reason her hours were cut. It didn’t take long for her to start throwing profanity around the restaurant. She used a word that starts with an F and ends with a K. When that didn’t get the desired response, she throughout the version of the word that starts with a dear female relative.
It’s not like I believe my granddaughters have never heard the word. In face, I am sure they have, but I use this as an example of how out of control people are these days. The boss told the young lady to keep her voice down and see if he could find her additional hours. I believe the young woman should have been fired on the spot. Also, I realize labor issues exist, but manners matter.
What I find most offensive about the situation is that the young woman thought her right to anger negated the offense she caused to the people attending her performance. This young woman’s feelings overshadowed the right for everyone else in the restaurant to exist in a profanity free zone. The children witnessing the event didn’t know what would happen next with the increased public violence.
There are simple guidelines where manners are concerned.
- Don’t yell profanity at people in public.
- Don’t chew with your mouth full.
- Keep your hands to yourself.
- Remember, it’s not all about you.
- I don’t care what fork you use if you don’t eat with your hands.
- Signal when you are changing lanes or making a turn.
- Don’t cut in line. Wait your turn.
- And most importantly, be kind to one another.
If you do all of the things mentioned above, you will be making headway in becoming a decent human being. Always remember matters matter.
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