“When once the forms of civility are violated, there remains little hope of return to kindness or decency.”
Here we go again a new week and the first Monday of autumn. I have a few exciting events that will take place this week as I spend time with old friends. I feel lucky that I know so many interesting people that share some of their time with me.
One of my favorites is my friend Laura who spreads warmth and kindness wherever she goes. She has had plenty of adversity in her life yet always rises above it. She is an occupational therapist who became my friend when she helped me after my stroke years ago. She also is a member of my Kiwanis Club. Just to help you get to know her better I am sharing a copy of the invocation she presented to our club a few weeks ago. I wish everyone would heed her call for civility.
My word for the day is “staunch” which means ‘being totally committed to something’.
I was raised in a home with staunch Republican parents and a close older friend of our family, Mildred, who lived with us for a few years – I was very close to her and considered her to be a grandmother – she was a staunch Democrat as well as a Catholic. My parents belonged, and I regularly attended a Disciples of Christ Christian Church. I would also, occasionally, attend the Catholic Church with Mildred.
I remember as a child trying to figure out the differences between the political parties and why the church that my parents took me to did not have saints – after all they seemed amazing! As an adult, I am still working on figuring out politics and political parties!
In all of those years, I never remember anger or arguments over the differences in political or religious beliefs. All that I remember was thoughtful conversations, love and a lot of respect.
Today, we seem to live in a much different world. People are quick to anger and not listen to each other. There is a lot to try and figure out but for today, I pray that we may be open to each other’s ideas and beliefs, respectful when discussing our differences, and not threatened by them.
May we use kindness, insight and patience to help place others at ease as we talk. Strength and respect can always find compromise.
By working together, may we find common ground that helps us to move forward with a shared purpose. May we focus on what is really important and what unites us. Our shared purpose and what unites our group is “service”, and I feel blessed to serve with each and every one of you. May each of us strive to be staunch Kiwanians.
“As citizens we have to be more thoughtful and more educated and more informed. I turn on the TV and I see these grown people screaming at each other, and I think, well, if we don’t get our civility back we’re in trouble.”
She said, when I arrived for my daughter’s parent-teacher conference, the teacher seemed a bit flustered, especially when she started telling me that my little girl didn’t always pay attention in class and was sometimes a little flighty. “For example, she’ll do the wrong page in the workbook,” the teacher explained, “and I’ve even found her sitting in the wrong desk.” “I don’t understand that,” I replied defensively. “Where could she have gotten that?”
The teacher went on to reassure me that my daughter was still doing fine in school and was sweet and likeable. Finally, after a pause, she added, “By the way, Mrs. Johnson, our appointment was for tomorrow.”
“Practice Safe Food — Use Condiments.”
A man had been driving all night and by morning was still far from his destination. He decided to stop at the next city he came to, and park somewhere quiet so he could get an hour or two of sleep.
As luck would have it, the quiet place he chose happened to be on one of the city’s major jogging routes. No sooner had he settled back to snooze when there came a knocking on his window. He looked out and saw a jogger running in place.
“Excuse me, sir,” the jogger said, “do you have the time?”
The man looked at the car clock and answered, “8:15”.
The jogger said thanks and left. The man settled back again, and was just dozing off when there was another knock on the window and yet *another* jogger!
“Excuse me, sir, do you have the time?”
The jogger said thanks and left. Now the man could see other joggers passing by and he knew it was only a matter of time before another one disturbed him. To avoid the problem, he got out a pen and paper and put a sign in his window saying,
“I DO NOT KNOW THE TIME!”
Once again he settled back to sleep. He was just dozing off when there was another knock on the window.
“Sir, sir? I’ve got the time…..it’s 8:45!.”
“I was walking the streets of Glasgow the other week and I saw this sign: ‘This door is alarmed.’ I said to myself: ‘How do you think I feel?'”
An old man and a young woman, who had never met before, found themselves assigned to the same sleeping room on a transcontinental train.
Though initially embarrassed and uneasy over sharing a room, the two retired and fell asleep quickly, he in the upper bunk and she in the lower.
At 1:00 a.m., he leans over and gently wakes the woman saying, “I’m sorry to bother you, but would you be willing to reach into the cupboard to get me a second blanket? I’m awfully cold.”
“I have a better idea,” she replies. “Just for tonight, let’s pretend that we’re married.”
“Wow! That’s a great idea!!” he exclaims.
“Good,” she replies. “Get your own damned blanket!”
I thought my Boss was a creep, and quit, to work for myself.
My new Boss is a creep, too … but at least I respect him.
Mary: Linda was just in here. She had something stuck over her mouth.
Jill: Yeah, she calls it her “diet patch.”
Mary: It looked like duct tape!
Jill: It is! And it has some wonderful side effects. In addition to being unable to eat, she can’t talk either!
“Of Course I Don’t Look Busy — I Did It Right the First Time.”
As I approached the church entrance a friend stepped aside and held the door for me.
“Thank you, Bill,” I said as I walked through.
“Is there a tip involved?”
“Oh, no, Mary Catherine,” he answered. “My mother taught me never to be good for money, but always to be good for nothing.”
“Civility means a great deal more than just being nice to one another. It is complex and encompasses learning how to connect successfully and live well with others, developing thoughtfulness, and fostering effective self-expression and communication. Civility includes courtesy, politeness, mutual respect, fairness, good manners, as well as a matter of good health.”
Pier Massimo Forni
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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