I recently read that after Margaret Thatcher said “I beg your pardon” she was ridiculed by Princess Anne as “common” because U’s (meaning upper class) never beg.
Who knows how true that story is – many of the upper class have plenty to beg pardon for.
Regardless of what anyone might think of Mrs. Thatcher’s politics, she displayed a common courtesy. In other words, she was pleasant.
By “pleasant” I don’t mean pandering, or a door mat. I mean what the oxford dictionary defines a pleasant person as – friendly and considerate; likeable.
Being pleasant is part of what I was taught growing up. I come from the mid-west, and children from the mid-west are raised to be courteous. If fact, so much so, that easterners often laugh at us for that trait (We, in turn, don’t think much of their rudeness).
I chose Mrs. Thatcher because of that statement of Princess Anne’s. You may insert anyone you wish who is pleasant into that slot if Maggie isn’t you cup of tea.
Confrontations and disagreements happen all the time. While we may not be able to do anything to avoid that (although many of us would do almost anything), we can chose to meet them with courtesy and pleasantness.
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Quote of the Week
““Humour makes a lasting impression of great moments; awkward or pleasant..”
– Val Uchendu
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