“You can attract more bees with honey than with vinegar.”
As a parent I’m always teaching my children how to use good manners throughout their day to day lives. We’re always quoting Moose A. Moose on Nic Junior: “Showing good manners tells people that you care about them.” That’s because this is a great way to see using manners and showing utmost politeness in everything you do, even to animals!
As a business owner, I use my clients as an example to myself and to others for why being polite is more than just good manners. Being polite is an expression of your higher self. Think about it. When Jesus was teaching people how to come from a place of constant love for others, do you think he was being rude to them at the same time? Is it possible to express love while being rude?
Being rude is an expression of a lack of understanding that we are all One. It is an expression of how one is feeling about themselves. It’s a mixture of anger, resentment and fear and it usually leaves others feeling pretty icky once they have been exposed to someone’s rudeness.
Being polite, on the other hand, is an expression of love and respect and a knowing that we are all connected. It is having patience and understanding in all situations. It is consciously choosing to place yourself in someone else’s shoes each time you interact with them, no matter who they are or what they have done.
Some people think that if they are polite all of the time, they are being a pushover, or they may seem weak. I’ve observed this especially with high-powered business owners who feel that being rude is an essential business practice. These people have been taught that if you want everyone to do what you say and respect you, then you need to set all personal feelings aside. Of course this may be true in the man eats man business world, but I am not choosing to practice business in that world and I know that there are many others who feel the same as I do.
It is possible to stand in your truth and be polite all at the same time. You can stand your ground and not give in to other’s demands all while having a smile in your heart. This is actually a more powerful way of standing up for what you believe in because it shows everyone that negative emotions and ego are not in control of your decision making process. If you were standing your ground in anger and resentment, it actually takes away from the impact of your message because people naturally shut down and avoid those kinds of confrontations.
Being polite is more than just good manners, it’s an expression of love and respect to our fellow humans. It’s an expression of Oneness. And it always returns to you in many ways. I see this every day because a majority of my clients are the nicest and most genuine people you could ever hope to know. They really care about everyone and understand the underlying principle of Oneness and how we are all connected. And as spiritual leaders, they don’t just teach this to thousands of people every day, but they LIVE it in everything they do and express it with the up-most respect and politeness. I love working for these folks and will happily help them regardless of what day of the week it is.