Sunday, October 11, 2009

Play Nice and Act Like a Lady....

My girls have heard this so many times, it rolls off their tongues with ease. I don't know where I came up with it, but anytime they'd leave home for an event, it would be my last words to them as they were slipping out the door.

I think it's still good advice. So when I saw this book at the airport, waiting to catch my plane, I grabbed it. I don't know a thing about the authors, but I'm enjoying it.

Here's their list - a Lady DOES:

Arrive on time
Send thank you notes and emails
Know the difference between assertive and rude
Make the first move
Laugh at herself
Know how to party and also how to throw a great one
Reduce, reuse, and recycle
Stay true to herself
Set an example for others
Know how and when to flirt
Have style

And a Lady DOESN'T:

Stay silent when someone is being hurtful
Curse in front of children
Betray a friend's or partner's trust
Groom at the table
Play the 'helpless damsel' (since she's not one)
Lose her cool or scream
Take herself too seriously
Date her friend's ex
Think the world revolves around her
Sell herself short

Written by Noelle Cleary and Dini Von Mueffling, described as 'the revolutionary guide to living your life with grace, brains, fearlessness and style'. Good stuff so far. I bought it at the airport but you can likely find it at any bookstore, or Amazon, where I buy books when I'm not waiting on airplanes.

'Play nice and act like a lady' - I think it's still valid advice, whether we're staying inside our home with those who may not have much of a choice about spending the day with us, or if we've sprayed on our most expensive cologne and are heading out to see the town. Just my take on it, for what it's worth.


Becky said...

My advice to all three of my boys EVERY SINGLE TIME THEY LEFT THE HOUSE was "remember who you are."

Barb said...

Words to live by. Timeless, and very true, all of it, especially the one about not dating a friend's ex. LOL