Rules of the underground: (1) Knees may be no more than six inches apart. (2) If you can’t control your offspring, watch as a stranger does it for you. (3) What did we say about checking out the girls? (4) The Post is only 25 cents—buy your own. (5) Holding the subway door makes everyone on the train love you. (6) As does loud music. (7) Lie down on subway only if dead.

(Photo: Photomontage by Peter Rad)
For your consideration……
I felt fortunate to find a “modern-day” picture of etiquette. Etiquette is just not something that we hear or talk about much. I venture to guess that if you asked students what etiquette is, they would say, “huh?”. Is this a big deal?
Evidently it is because we are getting a message about it. Today we are told that etiquette goes hand in hand with respect. There is nothing wrong with having rules of etiquette that we have to think about. In fact, that is the point. You think about being respectful to each other. Etiquette demand it. And as our society has gradually let go of etiquette, we have gradually let respect fall by the wayside. Somehow it has become a choice versus a requirement.
I recently heard a Michigan State Representative speak to a middle school.  He talked about lessons he learned in middle school that he has never forgot. They were; take your hat when entering a building, stand up when a lady enters a room, always walk on the road side of a lady.  He vividly described learning these rules and how they are so ingrained that there is no way he could violate them even to this day. And guess what? They have served him well. And that was his point.
And that is our point today. Etiquette shows respect and should we choose to use it, it will serve us well. A little more etiquette will go a long way in moving us to a would of peace.
That is the HOPE. And so it is.
Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take……
-Meditate/pray….find your own peace. Share the best of yourself.
-Drink lots of water.
-Get outdoors and take in at least 1o deep breaths.
-Use your manners.
What made me smile yesterday……
-The sunshine is trying so hard to come through.
-Talking to both of my girls.
-Keeping warm snuggled under blankets.
-An early bedtime.
 Love, Blessings and Gratitude,
Rev. Chris

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