On Good Manners 1

The Proverbs explain on good manners, "Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it."

My parents used to tell me that what you do everyday or when no one sees you becomes your habit.

You may say, "No one is looking anyway so I can cheat, or just for today, I can pluck my neighbors roses, or I can do work later, later and later." Beware! Things you do wrong from time to time become bad habits, so better do what is right and truthful all the time.

I remind my students of the golden rule, "Do not do to others what you do not like others to do to you."

And do not forget the commands from the Holy Bible. In Matthew chapter twenty two, the greatest commandment is to love God above all, and the second is to love thy neighbor as thyself. Of these two commands hang all the law.

In schools, it is a must to teach students about etiquette and right conduct. In any kind of work, it is every person's duty to exhibit work ethics.

Good manners and right conduct begin with knowing how to say please, I am sorry, thank you, madam, sir, and excuse me, among others. These are little acts of kindness, love and humility.

Try these examples.

Please get your work done immediately.
I am sorry I was not able to attend your party.
Thank you for your help.
Madam, here is your book.
Sir, you have a phone call.
Excuse me for being late.

Manners make things better. They help us enjoy life, be happy and be at peace with one another. They help us behave in ways that are best for all.

Nowadays, people with manners are rare. And because we all want to be noticed, there are times we bully others and disrespect their rights. We gossip, we become arrogant, we mock, we count on chores or lack some heart to help when necessary. Many of us become inconsiderate and do not forget the miracle word that is discipline. Let us begin with ourselves and choose friends carefully. Learn to say no even if everyone else is doing it. And always remember to tell the truth and do what is right.

When I was younger, I always remembered what the elders taught me. From mentors, parents, boss, aunts, uncles, and good friends life became easier and orderly if we lived with good manners. This I also, teach to children and adults around me.

Saying please when you asked for something like, "I need paper."

I asked him to say that again, please.

The student will ask again, "I need paper, please."

"Change my diaper."


"Please change my diaper."

Please like I am sorry and thank you are magic words.

Of course, we have to pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit that in all things we follow God's path.

Source by Rosalinda Flores-Martinez

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