“A man’s own good breeding is the best security against other people’s ill manners.” – Lord Chesterfield
What do you do when you come within the sphere of influence of someone with ill manners? Do you recoil and disparage or engage and uplift?
It is well worth the time and effort to train and educate yourself socially. If you don’t, you run the risk of living your life in reaction to those who express themselves less than perfectly.
If you are living your life in reaction to those around you, or perhaps more distressingly, in a perpetual state of worry about of how you appear to others, you will be forever shackled to limitation. If, however, you learn to rise above the void of ill manners by cultivating qualities of character like patience, respect, compassion, forgiveness and sincerity, you’ll find that others’ weaknesses provide you not with another reason to take offense, but another cause for selfless service.