Day 108: Don’t Be Rude

Day 108: Don’t Be Rude
April 18, 2014 Neil Kennedy

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Proverbs 18:13

Answering before listening is both stupid and rude.


Don’t be stupid. Don’t be rude.

A FivestarMan is gallant. Gallant is a remarkable word that describes the very core of character within an authentic man. One of the aspects of being gallant is having manners and courtesy.

We’re living in a very casual culture. Casual Friday has turned into casual every day. Casual conversation has turned into text-language. In this environment, a man who knows how to conduct himself and represents himself well in conversations will be a real standout.

When we’re engaged in a conversation, we need to be attentive to make eye contact, listen to the other person, and respond with appropriateness.

I recently met a man that I had admired for years. He is a brilliant attorney who has written numerous books. I saw he and his wife approaching a door, so I paused to hold the door open for them and introduced myself. I also complimented his work and thanked him for his books.

Unfortunately, his demeanor and response was horribly rude. I have worked very hard to overcome a speech impediment from my childhood. Most people would not notice it, however, he not only noticed it, but mocked me. You can imagine the let down of such high admiration that I had for him. So disappointing.

My take away from that encounter was to conduct an audit on myself and ask the question, “Have I acted so rudely and stupidly toward people?” I want to be aware and attentive to others and treat them with the respect and dignity that we all deserve.


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