Sorry I don't speak English ~ Kindness & Manners

Have you seen the new KFC ads? For those outside Australia, there is a man with his family in the park. Each ad is different. The first one has another person asking him if he minded shifting his car. He had a drumstick ready in his hand to eat. He said, sorry it is not my car, while his son comes over remotely locks the car and sits down. The next he is asked to find a dog, he says he is alergic to dogs, says right Molly, to his dog sitting under the picnic table. Next time he says he doesn't speak English, while speaking it lol. Anyway on to the ezine article about kindness and manners. In google kindness and manners do seem to be linked. Everyone can relate to the ad though so I am not knocking it. There is also the point that the interrupting people perhaps could have worried about interrupting his meal.

Manners Keep The World Civilized
By Chris Lowrey

Manners are more important than simply not repulsing the person next to you when you eat. They are a part of a larger picture. Simply put: Manners keep the world civilized.

If we stop teaching our children manners, our society will be in a heap of trouble! Practicing manners leads to caring about others which in turns makes this world a better place to live. Teaching manners is the front line of kindness.

Have you ever had a stranger pick up something you dropped? They were taught manners which led them to be kind to you. Holding the door for the next person, giving up your seat in the waiting area of the restaurant for an elderly person, helping your neighbors search for their lost pet, pitching in when your coworker is having a bad day, donating to a worthy cause, supporting our troops regardless of your position on the war, serving at a food line for the homeless and hungry, forgiving even when we can't forget, these are acts of kindness beyond resting the napkin on your lap while you eat.

Practicing manners is exhibiting kindness. If we gradually become a world of people who have not been taught to care about how their actions can make others feel, as a society, we slide down a slope that will be most unpleasant when we hit bottom. Manners are very much a part of our world. It is the gift of compassion that we can generously share, regardless of wealth. Manners are the heart and soul of the human race.

How is the best way to teach manners?
By example! Of course with young children, words are required but more often than not, children will use their eyes much more often than their minds. Show them how good it feels to 'do unto others as you would have other do unto you.' Take some fresh baked cookies to the elderly person down the street, remember to say thank you to the waitress who serves the meal, give the stressed out mom in the grocery store a gentle smile that says you have been there, make a get well card for the friend in the hospital, or cut some fresh flowers for a random nursing home. Whatever you do, give some kindness direct from your heart.

There is not much difference between acts of kindness and manners. They are entwined into the core of humanity. Strengthen the ties that connect us and teach manners by both words and actions. Add to the glory of the human race.

Chris Lowrey
Author and Editor of Family Time Charm
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joolzmac said…
Hi Linda

I am all for good manners - my kids don't get away without please and thank you, excuse me etc etc and age before beauty when going through doorways, sitting down.

That fried chicken looks so good - I'll be hanging out for it by the end of the month! Lol!

Cheers - Joolz
scrappy quilter said…
I see less and less manners. In some ways more kindness and yet in other ways people have become so busy they have no time for kindness. It saddens me.
Tilly said…
I don't see much evidence of manners nowadays. We went up to London with the kids and had to carry the pram (with 2 kids in it) up several sets of stairs on the Underground. Nobody offered to help at all and they couldn't even wait for us to get up the stairs, they were just barging past us and tut-tut-ing! My Nipper knows how to say his please and thank-you's though.

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