Love in an elevator

It seems we all have our etiquette pet peeves. At Re-find, the top peeve is when we are trying to exit an elevator, but the boarding passengers push inside, instead of allowing us to disembark.

Even if you are in a hurry, just step aside and let your fellow riders clear the door. The same goes for entering and exiting a building or room. Ironically, coming and going would go a lot faster if we all observed this one little courtesy.

Cheers!

M

Thank you. You’re welcome.

At Re-find, we like to keep things simple, so when someone says “thank you,” we respond with “you’re welcome.” We once had the very bad habit of responding “no problem” or “my pleasure” or “sure thing,” but we’ve worked diligently to break ourselves of it.

In fact, we’ve made it a bit of a game with our friends who know the rule of thumb or those who, like us, are trying to re-find our charm in this area.

While it’s fine to add any of those to “you’re welcome” it’s just good manners to say or write that simple response, because the others alone can come off as dismissive. If you’ve done something nice enough to be thanked, clearly you care enough to properly acknowledge the gratitude.

Cheers!

M

Etiquette shmetiquette

We recently took a poll on Facebook asking our friends what comes to mind when they hear the word etiquette.

For some, it conjured images of the grand dame of the genre Emily Post and for others, visions of charm school and being chastised for elbows on the table.

At it’s root and using Ms. Post’s philosophy, good manners is not about which fork you use, as much as it’s about being able to glide into any social situation and feel at ease. Also, it’s about making those around you comfortable. Etiquette is about ethics, honor and kindness, not rules and snobbery.

Here in these pages, we hope to explore the many ways etiquette can simplify our lives, help us get along and lift us to a higher standard of treating our loved ones and neighbors with kindness.

Those are things that never go out of style.

Cheers!
M