True Test of a Lady
One of my favorite groups of people to teach is teenagers. They actually are usually the most reactive and most receptive to etiquette training. They're on the brink of their careers, their lives, and most of them are eager to learn how to make the most of their future. The trick is helping them to believe in what will truly make a difference in their future happiness and success.
Of course, proper etiquette, in my opinion, is absolutely key in this process. Most girls and women I teach would love to be considered a true lady.
Here's a list of skills that are key in being a lady that everyone respects and admires:
► A lady is gracious at all times. This means we show gratitude for all things, refraining from complaining and being negative.
►A lady is kind. We strive to look for opportunities to serve and help others, always doing so with a cheerful attitude.
►A lady never gossips and refrains from speaking unkindly of others. If what you're going to say to someone will cause that person to think less of the person you're speaking about, then don't say it.
► A lady keeps confidences. She knows it's important to protect the confidences that others have entrusted to her, never sharing without one's permission.
► A lady dresses as a lady. She always wants the attention to be on those she's with; therefore, she never dresses in a way that causes the attention of others to be on her.
► A lady knows when to speak and when not to. As ladies, we pay close attention to conversation, being careful not to speak too long, too loud, or about topics that aren't relevant to the conversation.
► A lady is well educated. All ladies should cherish learning and strive to be "lifelong" learners, never tiring of self improvement.
► A lady is a benefit to her society. Ladies know that contributing to their society in even the smallest way is her duty and her honor.
► A lady accepts all. Ladies know that every life deserves love, honor, and respect; therefore, she exemplifies one that looks upon the heart of a person, rather than skin, religion, or any other physical or social difference.
May we all strive to live up to the definition of a lady. What a different world this would be.
All the best!