This week, Mâvarin Karen is offering us the podium:
Weekend Assignment #239: Imagine that you have the world’s full attention (or your country’s full attention) for a maximum of two minutes. What do you tell everyone? Your message can be a single sentence if you like, or a bit longer.
It seems like everyone is trying to get a message out these days, including my husband. But for my money, it’s going to be tough to top this message, even if it does exceed the two-minute limit just a bit.
My message was actually inspired by the overly-casual dress I observed at a nice restaurant when we went out for my husband’s birthday dinner on Saturday night, and while my example may sound a little superficial, I think the idea behind it has some substance:
Treating others at least as well as you would want to be treated is a good place to start. They have the same right to be who they are, and to express that until it tramples on someone else’s, that you do. If you’re going to live and function within society – and most of us do, usually in multiple ways ranging from family units to workplaces to neighborhoods to cities to states to nations – mutual respect and consideration make that functioning at least a bit more pleasant.
So if you’re dining out in public at a good restaurant, please make the effort to wear something nicer than what you wear around the house, and take off your hat at the table. Good manners are just one way of expressing that consideration for other people, and when we “act as we would feel,” after awhile it’s not acting any more.
Here’s the thing: It’s really NOT your world, and you’re NOT just letting the rest of us live in it.
Extra Credit: Would you prefer your message to be broadcast on TV or radio, or published in multiple print media?
I am a lousy public speaker, so I would definitely prefer for this message to be published – online, in newspapers and magazines, and maybe even in greeting cards.
Do you have a message of your own that you’d like to broadcast? Write it on your blog, then link to it in the comments to this post at Outpost Mâvarin!