Sunday, July 11, 2010
Ps and Qs
Hi will be blogging about manners today. “P’s and q’s” (in case you don’t know stands for please and thank you). Our generation seems to have neglected common curtsey and its power to make things happen in our lives. I for one dare not try that crap out because of the type of home I’m from (proper Yoruba) you’d better find your self on your knees while greeting your mum’s elder cousin’s husband’s brother ... yep! (no matter what you’ve got on ... which is why i don’t wear white to family events) and you had better be smiling while you’re at it too; and if the dude is cool, he just might give you “money for credit” to the tune of N5000 .. yeah , credit right... I’d start envisaging my next weave and how much it costs (just saying).
People don’t seem to realise the power of Ps and Qs.... Let me give you a real life scenario..:
Uncle Sheriff (my dad’s former driver) had such a bad attitude .. the guy could beg you for something and it would sound like he wants to hit you . He used to pick me up from school and being the only female child and having no maid in the house, I am responsible for giving him food. On days that he didn’t deem it fit to speak to me properly , his portion of food would mysteriously shrink and half of his meat would have gone for a stroll .. I think Uncle sheriff realised what was going on and as a sharp guy who doesn’t play with his stomach started acting right .. saying please and thank you and we got along just fine ..
Frankly I don’t care how old you are or what your daddy owns or where you are coming from , respect begets respect .. You shouldn’t be polite just to your elders or people who you know can help you. The little 8 year old boy you shouted at to pass you the “GQ” magazine at “XYZ” fashion oriented company could be the ONLY son of the executive director of the company and might just tell his dad not to hire you because you mistreated him. Make it a point in your life to speak to people properly because the world is small, every one knows every one , there is the 6 degrees rule (which states that everyone in the world is connected by at most 6 people i.e. there is some body that knows somebody... that knows you) and you never know how the story of how well mannered you are will spread round .
I’m not saying be a push over ...NO!! .. Please know when to refuse people.. that is also very important in life because people will “try to ride you” if they’re given the opportunity.. so be wise ... be polite and well mannered but be no one’s push over. Don’t be rude in the name of refusing people either though, learn to be diplomatic about how to turn people down.. its very important. Read books on the art of speech and how to communicate with people .. this will be a great help.
I’m sorry this post is late and i hope you gained something from it . Please leave comments and suggestions. Thank you ^_^.
Posted by Anonymous at 2:53 AM