I learn from women of all ages every day. It is usually a little nugget of wisdom that is inadvertently shared. Often, we do not even know the impact we have on others. I learn the most from those people I am around who are positive. However, lessons can be learned from women who are the complete opposite. Yes, they are out there! I try my best to be positive with them, hoping that somehow they will learn something from me as I have learned from them what I should not be and hope my children will never become.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not Suzy Sunshine all the time, not even close. I am an optimistic realist. Yes, there can be such a thing. What I do believe in is manners, respect and a work ethic. I have run into people of all ages with no manners. Unfortunately, it seems to be more often the case than not. I try not to become frustrated but . . .
- When you say you are going to do something, do it!!
- When you do it, do it the right way and try your best.
- Don’t expect that you are owed anything.
- Say Thank You and mean it.
- Any amount of initials after your name does not grant you special powers or license to be rude.
- Instead of texting, could you hold open the door for the 80 year old man behind you with the cane? Yes, there is someone behind you.
- Could you please notice that my children are sitting next to you and utilize the filter for your mouth which is called your brain?
- No, I can’t write a note for you to not work. Yes, I know the donut shop is VERY stressful and that you won’t lose your health insurance because I already pay for it but I just can’t lie.
And then we have those women who do and say such things as . . .
- What have you done for yourself today?
- I am sorry that happened to you, what will make it better?
- Cry with you
- Love their husbands, their children, and themselves
- Acknowledge what they have control over and what they do not
- Love what they do and respect others for what they do
- Know that they don’t know everything even with a bunch of initials behind their name
- Accept help graciously and offer it similarly
We learn from both don’t we.