We usually make plans (resolutions) to do more of this and that in the new year, but what about creating a list of doing less of this and that? Here is my list:

Next year let there be

  • less pointing  

  • less gossip

  • less disenchanted mumbles under our breath

  • less snappy responses

  • less sighs of impatience   

  • less disgusted rolling of the eyes

  • less excuses

  • less avoidance

  • less blame

  • less apathy

  • less “what’s-in-it-for-me”

  • less getting offended

  • less proving you’re always right

  • less bluntness

  • less narcissism

  • less poor sports

  • less cell phone addiction

  • less jumping to conclusions

  • less knee-jerk-hate (you people are all alike)

  • less cussing

  • less rudeness

  • less laziness

  • less begrudging

  • less getting things your way

  • less unsolicited opinions

  • less breaking promises

  • less making promises we can’t keep

  • less regrets

Generosity, kindness, patience (well, not always or as much as we’d like), good cheer, forgiveness, mellow attitude, and gratitude, are all attributes of this season. May they be with you until we change the calendar.
Rosalinda Oropeza Randall, born in Los Angeles, California, is a modern-day expert on tact and civility. She naturally eased into the field of etiquette due to her upbringing. Not a "finger bowl" lifestyle, but one filled with courtesy, tact, humilit... Read More