What’s the manner with people? Rarely does a day go by without someone doing
something or saying something to upset us. It may come in the form of an
insensitive comment disguised as constructive criticism. Or a rude remark
designed to elevate themselves and put down another. Sometimes it’s a piece of
gossip for pure entertainment purposes. Other times it’s an unfiltered observation
pointing out a serious character flaw.  And
oftentimes, it’s a blatant lack of respect for our time, our money or our commitment.
At what point did we turn into such a nasty, negative, cutthroat, backstabbing,
dishonest and competitive society?
What ever happened to polite? When
passersby would greet one another with a knowing nod and smile. When sitting
down to dinner meant giving your undivided attention to your dining partners.
When a suitor called the object of their affection on the telephone to arrange
a date. When an act of kindness was acknowledged with a handwritten thank you
The #daretobepolite campaign is
designed to wake up the nation and raise awareness on the importance of politesse
and good manners. For the next three months, we will be challenging (daring) the
public with three separate 21-day campaigns. Why 21 days each?  Because it takes 21 days to form a new habit
and we want these skills to stick.  November
launches the campaign with the very basics, otherwise known as first impressions, focusing on how we
look, how we sound, and how we behave. December, at the height of holiday
season, is devoted to the vast realm of dining
and entertaining
.  January, we begin the
New Year by examining communication
in all its forms whether spoken, written or electronically transmitted.
Now, please do not get me wrong. I do
not espouse on a pedestal looking down shaming everyone else.  I turn the mirror on myself with every
intention to walk the talk. I am the first to admit that I am a work in
progress and that I actively practice polite. 
I am in the trenches with you, so let’s take the first step together.
Shall we?
Step 1/Week 1: First Impressions: How we look.  The first thing people notice is appearance.
They sum us up in the first few seconds before one single syllable has been
uttered from our mouths.  Everything from
our posture and gait to our grooming and attire is being scrutinized.  Is our outfit too revealing or too
schoolmarmish?  Are we well-kempt or disheveled?
 Do we have any noticeable bad habits?  We are all very quick to judge. We can’t help it, we’re human. However, we’re not talking about the vacuous pursuit
of vanity, rather more about taking pride in the way we look which shows respect
for oneself, as well as others, and has a direct positive influence on our relationships whether dressing
for a job interview, a first date or a social function. For the next seven
days, we are focusing on outward appearance from our skin, hair and nails down
to our clothing and accessories. We’ll dissect style guidelines, which wardrobe
staples are best, and fashion faux pas to avoid along with a few tips on exercise and diet. We’d also love to hear from you.  Share with us your photos and videos, post
your personal do’s and don’ts. Our polite armor sets the tone and is the
foundation for virtually everything. Join us now! Make the vow to