Choosing etiquette means we choose to show up recognizably respectful in our behaviors. We exemplify the principles of good manners: kindness, generosity, compassion, courtesy, and regard for others.
When we aim for etiquette-fulness, we are mindful to intentionally honor the creation of respectful, kind, and orderly interactions within family, social acquaintances, professional colleagues, educational networks, neighbors, and public environments. In other words, everywhere we go.
Tending to our relationships adds to our quality of life and motivates us to be more aware of what’s around us, which also adds to our happiness. Professionally and socially, we come to be regarded and appreciated as people who work hard, do our jobs to the best of our abilities, and choose a smile over a frown.
Our minds associate colors with a range of feelings. “Colorful” describes something that is of interest, lively and exciting. When we add the vibrant colors of attitude to our lives, we tend towards gratitude, forgiveness, doing things we enjoy, giving and sharing with others, and being our own best friend.
Etiquette's inspiration is always about connecting with others, acting in ways that help them to feel welcome and accepted. Choosing etiquette gives form to the ways we interact with others.
When we give form to something, such as the ways in which we choose to be the best version of ourselves, we define and develop actions that speak to the goals and dreams we have.
What might this look like?
But the unwritten code of rules laid down by good manners in the long run saves time rather than consumes it and tends to take the minor jolts and irritations out of life. And isn’t this a colorful thought!
“Being a good example is the best form of service.”
~ Sathya Sai Baba