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You Get More Flies with Honey

Today I’m sharing some wisdom. Treat other people the way you’d like them to treat you. You get more flies with honey than you do with vinegar. There are many ways to say it. Basically, you should be nice to others. Most of us call it common courtesy, minding our manners, or being respectful. Some people, however, have no concept of such things.

I’m amazed at those people who think they can get what they want by being pushy and mean. We all know someone like that, right? I see this type of bully behavior quite frequently in my line of work and while out in the world.

In my younger years, I had a boss who was so mean and pushy that he had absolutely no respect from his employees. He wanted to be feared. He believed that was the way to get the most work out his people. Instead, he was despised and his employees spent a good deal of their workdays complaining about him.

I don’t know about you, but when someone is trying to bully me, it makes me want to dig in my heels and refuse to give that person a darned thing. Sometimes it makes me want to slap the person in a good old-fashion stop being a fool way.

Professionally, I’m required to treat everyone exactly the same, and I do. It doesn’t matter how much I’m harassed or now nice someone is to me, all jobs are prioritized according to the rules set forth by my funding source.

Who do these people think they are? Entitled? Superior? Does the world owe them something? The answer is NO. The world owes them nothing. I certainly don’t owe them anything.

I don’t believe that some people are superior to others based on their stations in life, family lines, occupations, or what their great granddaddies did back in the day.

I treat the mayor the same way I treat the cashier at Walmart. I was brought up to show everyone respect, regardless of who they are, their family’s standing in the community, or what they do for a living. I always try. It’s not difficult to be polite in most cases. There are times when I lose my temper or composure, but not many.

Life is hard enough. We don’t need to be pushed around. We don’t need negativity. We certainly don’t need to bully others or be bullied. The best thing we can do is be nice to each other. We need to be respectful, polite, and helpful.

Times are uncertain. We’re all worried. A little kindness and respect goes a long way.

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