Saturday, September 14, 2013

George Washington's Rules - Rule #14

George Washington's Rules for Decency and Civil Behavior -- sometimes they don't make sense to us in today's society, but today's rule seems pretty relevant:

14thTurn not your Back to others especially in Speaking, Jog not the Table or Desk on which Another reads or writes, lean not upon any one.

So my translation for today would be:
Don't turn your back toward someone you are with, even if you are angry [this seems to me to be when we would turn our back to someone], and especially when you are speaking (as it becomes difficult for them to hear you). Never bump the table where someone is reading or writing, and do not lean on someone. [That does not apply to soldiers who are injured, but rather think about sitting next to someone on an airplane or in church, and suddenly they are leaning on you...]

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