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Monday, December 2, 2013

Prepare yourself for you must travel alone.

All being should prepare themselves to be self-sufficient. 
Never place your well-being, or the well-being of your loved ones, in someone else's hands. 
We all must travel alone, if not all the time, at least some of the time. You must be prepared and ready to defend yourself, if things come to that. 
You must be personally prepared, not hoping for mercy or counting on being lucky.

Resist the urge to rest on your laurels, thinking that you have reached your goals and no longer need to train or prepare. 
Your training is like rowing a boat up a river. You can go as far up the river as you are willing to go, but you must continue to work for it.

The normal flow of the river is against you. If you quit paddling, the current will take you back down. This is the nature of life. 
You either keep progressing or you regress; there is no standing still. Think about this and prepare yourself, for truly, we all must travel alone.

"The greater person is one of courtesy." - Tennyson

Courtesy includes things such as gratitude, politeness, civility, and punctuality. 
Yes, punctuality! 
It seems that not many people see punctuality as a part of being courteous in today’s society, but it is. This should be common sense, but common sense is also becoming a rarity today. 
Think about it. 
Isn’t it impolite and rude to cause other people to waste their time because of your tardiness? 
Yes, it certainly is.

Everyone has the same amount of time to spend each day, and if you are wasting someone else’s time because of your own actions, that is both inconsiderate and rude. 
Of course there are times when problems occur with circumstances beyond your control, but as a rule, you should always be on time. 
Remember, one of the definitions of courtesy is consideration for other people. If you are constantly late and inconsiderate of someone’s time, you are being discourteous.

It is the small things such as being on time that define your manners, not just saying thank you or behaving in specific ways according to the customs of the day. 
Good manners encompass all of your actions with others, and at the end of the day, they play a big role in defining who you truly are as a person. 


note to AOH