Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times
"Ms. Baldrige, who stood 6 feet 1 inch tall and became known for her elegant silver hair, long contended that the heart of all etiquette was consideration for other people, rather than a rigid set of rules."
Now I was raised with utmost education in etiquette; cotillion with white gloves, manners class over tea, and two - YES TWO Emily Post Guides to Wedding Etiquette gifted upon my engagement to my former husband. I know what fork to use and although I'm terrible at consistency can write a pretty good thank you note when I get around to it. But here's the thing about manners, sometimes the people with the most refined of manners are just plain mean! Good manners are not a get out of jail free card for being a jerk!
We've all been in a position where there was a self serving or kind thing to do. I think one of the key tenets of living a Caution Curves Ahead mantra is to know that consideration and kindness should trump what feels good in the interim. Thinking about others, caring for, inspiring and protecting others should drive your decisions as a friend, a family member, and as a leader.
I'm back to the job applying process, so that's all I have time to share today! But I'll leave you with a truly Caution Curves Ahead quote from Ms. Baldrige.
“There are major C.E.O.’s who do not know how to hold a knife and fork properly, but I don’t worry about that as much as the lack of kindness,”
Check out the NYT article for more. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/31/us/letitia-baldrige-etiquette-maven-dies-at-86.html?hpw