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Why Etiquette Matters

- Dr. Andrew St. Bernard

Have you ever heard the phrase, “How you do something is how you do everything?” There is definitely something to be said about attention to detail, and its relation to character. Do you go through the motions at work or school counting the minutes down until you are released? Or are you really focused on doing the best job you can? Surely this isn't abnormal behavior, but the problem is it's just average. Do you leave a mess behind in the public bathroom just because you don't have to clean it up? Or do you understand that someone’s job might be a little easier if the paper towel that you used to dry your hands with actually made it to the trash can? When we think of others with everything we do, that has value. People matter, even the ones you don't even know. When you are courteous enough to put your weights back at the gym, you are doing your collective part to contribute to gym experience for everyone, and that matters. It matters when you hold the door open for the completely able bodied person, and not just the handicapped. It matters when you let someone into your lane who is trying to merge with traffic. It matters when you clean your dishes for your spouse, and pick up your kids toys when you can. The intent is obvious, and that's service no matter what. Now apply this to your life in all areas and make it a habit. You will see how rewarding it is to know that you can make a difference in the world, even if it's just in the smaller things. It matters because people matter.

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