Social Respect

'When you speak to people',' said Mum,

'You show them the courtesy of eye contact,

Clear diction and good sense.

You do not fuss with your clothes or your hair or your nails.

You do not shuffle your feet as if anxious to escape.

 Keep your fingers to yourself until a handshake upon departing -

If such is deemed appropriate.

 

Some folks call this behaviour 'courtesy', others 'etiquette'.

'Civilities' is a fine word.

I call programmed proprieties the 'power of grace'.

They acknowledge and accept

That no one is better than you and no one is less.

You interact as equals.

 

A gracious person is a pearl among people.

Anyone can perfect such social skill

Until it is as natural as breathing.

And utterly instinctive with anyone

Whom you will ever encounter - anywhere - any time -

Under any circumstance.

Equality is understood and respect is reciprocal.

 

This propriety of contact is exercised

With much finesse

Among the Eastern cultures of the world

As effortlessly as breathing.

It is a beautiful thing to see, and experience.

 

Oh, just a reminder:

Washing is to keep clean, not get clean!'

 

And these words drip down from heaven

Constantly.

 

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Raj Ferds

Sat 10th Aug 2019 08:16

'The power of grace' still resonated within me Cynthia. Missed your lucid work.
Anyway, Im back now to feed on your wonderful nourishment.
Soul-satisfying!

Raj x

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 9th Aug 2019 23:13

In an article in a newly published local magazine there is the mention
of maintaining eye contact as an important aspect of work involving
service to the public and the lack of success of interviewees
gaining employment because of this simple absence of awareness.
It is a negativity that will surely gain ground as upcoming generations
become increasingly fixated on their PC screens and the basics of
human communication become lost.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Fri 9th Aug 2019 19:25

I remembered last night that Mum called these manners ' civilities'. A rule in our house was: 'There is no excuse for not being civil, no matter how contentious the issue.' Made sense to me.

No 'rose' again!

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Don Matthews

Thu 8th Aug 2019 23:41

"That no one is better than you and no one is less.
You interact as equals"

We are all different on WOL but no-one is better and no-one is less. We all interact as equals......

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