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Manners – An Outdated Topic?
Translated by: Ximena Avelar.
Good morning, good afternoon or good night are phrases that are logically heard often and said out of good education as our day goes by, yet; how many of us have said them according to the circumstance? Everyone was taught to greet, eat properly, talk politely, behave; but how many norms of good manners do we follow?
The topic of good manners is broad, rich and interesting and the best news is that it is not out of fashion! Contrary to common belief, it should be in our DNA day to day, we do not have to imagine that we must wear a suit and tie or an evening dress in order to practice it. Practicing our good manners should be a matter of attitude, conviction, remembrance and action.
As people involved in the academic, work and social world, every day we come in contact with diverse people as our hectic days pass by rapidly. And yet it is curious how we can sometimes be the soul of the party but in an elevator full of people you cannot hear a single greeting. Why not start now? While waiting in line why not grant your seat, or simply smile to the person next to you? How many of us have wanted to enter an establishment yet someone else blocks our way, or when waiting for a parking spot someone else abruptly snatches it from you? Indeed, these are typical examples which cause us to reflect on how we can take the first step because the one who looks bad is the one who does not show respect.
Starting with the greeting, it not hard to say hello and accompany it with a good morning, good afternoon or good night. With this I propose a challenge: from the moment we rise in the morning we should create the habit of saying hello with a smile to our parents, our partner, and our service employees, the men in the parking lot, those at work, or our classmates. To EVERYONE! It is incredible how a greeting may be taken for granted or how sometimes many avoid greeting others, submerging themselves in their cell phone and many times even feigning a call. It is also impressive how greeting someone affects people: you can see faces full of bliss, appreciation, esteem and satisfaction.
This article is not meant to enumerate or advise on protocol or good manners, it is meant to make you reflect on how much we practice manners and our attitude. It is an invitation for us not to forget about them, that we practice them every single day in any situation. The challenge is to learn good manners as if we were children and practice, practice, practice.