If George Washington Were Alive Today!
By Jim "Gymbeaux" Brown, November 25, 2015
Most folks are unaware that George Washington had written Rules of Civility that he lived by. If you would like to see a list of those 110 rules, you can download them at: http://www.foundationsmag.com/civility.html
If George Washington were alive today, I am sure he would modify one or two of those rules but he would be adding far more than he would be modifying. Listed below is my list of what I think George Washington would have added to his list if he were alive today:
When you see someone trying to exit a parking lot, slow down instead of speeding up to permit them to safely exit
When it is time to eat, wait until everyone is seated at the table before you begin to "dig in"
Use your electronic devices whenever you are alone; never when you are in the company of others - NEVER!
If untrained, train yourself to become an effective LISTENER and know when to stop talking
Never use your electronic devices while driving a car - NEVER - not even hands free devices. You are not the good driver you think are if you are engaged in conversation or/or using a device
Open doors for others
Make eye contact with people serving you and answer their questions while making the eye contact
Stop smoking; it's just a nasty and very unhealthy habit. If you do smoke, NEVER throw your butts on the ground
When the sign says right or left lane closed ahead and people are merging into one line, NEVER race down the right or left open lane to beat the "other guy" to the merge point - NEVER!
When commerce is heavy and you are required to stand in line to be served, don't take your frustrations out on the server when it is your turn to be served
Employees if you do nothing else, make eye contact with your customers
Say thank you every chance you get and then some
Smile at strangers and give them a pleasant greeting every opportunity
Your mother was right; return to old fashioned mother insisted values and principles
Research your candidates and amendments BEFORE you go into the voting place to vote
If you know NOT of what or whom you are voting for; DO NOT VOTE!
If you do not vote, do not complain
Post nothing on Facebook or other social media that you would NOT want a future employer to see
Post nothing on Facebook or other social media that you would NOT want your mother to see
Throw nothing onto the ground except for things to make plants grow; throw your trash into the garbage cans
If you break it let the owner know, NEVER leave it to be found and the owner wondering who broke it
If you see something on the floor in a store, pick it up
If you decide NOT to buy something in a store, put it back from where it came, not to where it is convenient to just leave it
Write thank you notes to people who have done you nicely
Write thinking of you notes to people you suddenly think of
Write your history as it is happening for future family generations to read
Learn to recognize and never be afraid to say you don't know something
When you take something out, put it back
Never drink directly from the milk or juice container (you know you have)
Remember your parents probably know more than you think you know; seek their advice
Friends are hard to come by and harder to keep; treasure the friends you actually have
Don't spend time with people who pull you down only those who prop you up
From Jeffrey Gitomer, "you know you are on the right track when 3 of your closest friends and/or family suggest you are nuts for trying something new"
Remember that if it is important to you it is also important to someone else
Treat others as if their physical pains are greater than yours; half the time you would be right
"Always share the munchies" - Gerry Vaillancourt WRNO Radio
Did I get them all?