This is something I posted on Facebook in March 2012 and then forgot about.  I hope you enjoy 🙂 

I’ve taken this list from one of those posts that says if you agree re-post type things, which I usually don’t because I don’t like conditions put on things, I either re-post/share because I agree/like or I don’t, I don’t need to have the condition tagged on at the end of a post.

Anyway, I have taken the following ten points from the post and below that are my comments re things I have learned about each of those points over the years 🙂

I was raised to –

  1.  Speak when I enter a room
  2. Say please and thank you
  3. To have respect for my elders
  4. To get up off my lazy butt and let the elder in the room have my chair
  5. Say yes sir and no sir
  6. Lend a helping hand to those in need
  7. Hold the door for the person behind me, not let it slam in their face.
  8. Say excuse me when it’s needed
  9. To love people for who they are, not for what I can get from them
  10. To treat people the way I want to be treated

 Things I have learned over the years –

  1. It is not always necessary to speak when I enter a room
  2. I still always say please and thank you, you get such a better response from people even if you are complaining about something.
  3. Elders should earn respect as much as their younger counterparts, respect is not a god given right
  4. I will still get up off my lazy butt to give some-one who is not as well and able as I a seat whether it is in a room or elsewhere (public transport)
  5. I’ve never said yes sir or no sir (except to my teachers at school, which was required) but I usually say yes please or no thank you.
  6. As far as possible I will lend a helping hand however, that helping hand might not always be welcome so I always ask if help is required first.
  7. I always check behind me when going through a door to ensure it is not going to slam in some-one’s face.  Lesson I have learned is to try not to shout after the bad mannered idiot in front of me, who has slammed the door in my face, ‘thanks very much, always wanted a flat nose’ to prevent me getting a fist in the face 🙂 (brother’s advice lol)
  8. I always say excuse me (I’ve even managed it in Greek and French :-))
  9. I always try to love people for who they are.  There’s nothing worse than some-one saying I love you but, could you just change this or that or do you by any chance have (time to) with no reciprocation.
  10. I always try to treat people the way I would like to be treated, but I am only human and this sometimes does not happen 😦

 So after all that, I think the message should be, be yourself but try to consider others when doing so, so that you don’t come across as a selfish, self centred, bad mannered sod.


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