Why Etiquette?

When I was a little girl, I was told to mind my manners. When I was a little bigger, I was told to be the change I wanted to see in the world. Now, that I’m grown, I know it’s important to do both. But what is etiquette? Etiquette is the fluid rules of conduct for living a kind life. It encompasses everything from proper table settings, being a good neighbour and how to set a positive example for children. Etiquette is the template for all those random acts of kindness and the road map to finding your best self.

At it’s core, etiquette is the combination of common courtesy and common sense. In its simplest form etiquette is a guideline for being a good person. The person who would make your Grandma proud. Etiquette puts others first, without sacrificing the self. There are infinite applications for these tips and tricks, every day. (Aren’t we lucky?) But the thing I love most about etiquette is: Even when you’ve let yourself or someone else down, you will always have another opportunity to be redeemed. Another chance to make a better decision.

Etiquette has been in practice for as long as civilization. But it wasn’t until Emily Post released her first etiquette guide: Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home in 1922, that etiquette became a tool in humanity’s toolbox. (Though, it’s more like sandpaper than any other tool, smoothing those rough social edges.) It was the dawning of a new era. Emily Post is responsible for establishing a new manual of manners and societal responsibilities. Now, her book of rules was written over 100 years ago, with many editions to follow, but Ms. Post had no way of knowing what the future of etiquette would demand. So, how does one integrate those antiquated ideals into modern life? That’s where I come in; I am a modern girl with classic sensibilities. I am active socially, online and in person. I have worked in the service industry for over 15 years. I know people. I know what they want and what we’re ALL entitled to. I know etiquette, and I’m eager to share. That my friends is, “Why Etiquette?”

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