The RSVP Challenge

Happy Thursday! I’m not sure when school starts for you, but here in Sulphur Springs, we’re down to 12 days and counting. I have completely mixed emotions. I’m so proud of my daughter, and she is so excited to start the first grade. However, I’m also nervous and can’t believe she’s big enough to go to the first grade. I want to simultaneously protect her and see how well she flies on her own. Confusing? Try feeling all of that at the same time.

We’re on the brink of cool weather, warm sweaters, leaves, pumpkins and all things fall. With that, each year, I always notice an uptick in invitations. Birthday parties, Halloween parties, cookie parties, etc.

So, to help us become more helpful to others, I’m encouraging everyone to join in on my RSVP challenge! The goal is to RSVP within three days of receiving an invitation by the sender’s preferred method. If it doesn’t state how to RSVP, I encourage calling to let them know if you will/will not be able to attend.

Hosting a party is stressful enough with the cleaning, buying of food, cooking of food and on and on and on….let’s not add something else to the pile. It’s a simple, FREE way to become more helpful to others. I hope you’ll join in!

Kindness Always Wins

I am often asked the most important part of etiquette. Without a doubt it is kindness.

I recently had an opportunity to read Lilac Girls: A Novel, and I could not recommend this book enough. It was simultaneously easy and hard to read, knowing what these souls had to endure. It is not a stretch to say that kindness was very limited during the Nazi regime, and kindness being limited was lauded. The Nazis knew that the only way people would follow them is if they promoted the dehumanization of others – kindness, in my opinion, is a vital aspect of humanity.

Thankfully, kindness always wins.

My encouragement for you today is to reach out to someone who may be lacking in receiving kindness. We are all humans, and we are all deserving of kindness, regardless of what the world tries to tell us. Kindness breaks down barriers. Kindness makes us better.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single minute before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank

What Etiquette Is About

This quote needs very little follow up, but I always tell my students during cotillion that etiquette is not about acting superior to anyone else. Your manners will help you go further because of how you make people feel. Be kind to everyone. People remember how you make them feel. Everyone has value.