Friday, January 13, 2012

Be Classy

I've been seeing cute painted boards with family mottos all over pinterest lately. Stuff like "We love each other and do nice things and give hugs..."

In our little house we believe in family mottos, we just believe in being concise (i.e. we have short attention spans). So we came up with a family motto that encompasses everything that we try to be around here:
(no decals... I'm sure you agree that a statement this bold requires gold spray paint... the 213th time I've been glad I had some on hand)

Inspired by a wikihow on how to be classy that I stumbled across one day. I love that their list includes things like "choose your words wisely," "don't swear," and "value your virtues" which are all things I wholeheartedly agree with. Some of their things were silly though, so we've made our own definition of what it means to be classy:
  1. Be nice - It's easy to be mean, especially when you feel that you've been wronged. It takes a lot of work to be nice sometimes, because it requires you to control your emotions instead of letting them control you. 
  2. Speak properly - don't use slang or swear. Classy people speak with intelligence.
  3. Choose your words wisely - if someone thinks you've offended them it doesn't matter what you meant. Be considerate and think before you speak.
  4. Respect everyone - and treat them that way.
  5. Be humble - bragging is not classy in any way. You can't be aloof and classy. People are much more impressed by someone that listens than by someone who talks about how cool they are or shows off. 
  6. Have good hygiene - nobody is impressed by bad breath. A classy person strives to make others comfortable... you can't do that if they are repulsed by your b.o.
  7. Behave - Classy people can have fun, but they don't break rules. 
  8. Be happy - Uplift others. Don't talk negatively about your situation or about others. Smile.
  9. Be intelligent - stay informed and broaden your horizons.
We hung it up over our stairs, and Cam likes to hit it when he walks by like he's on a football team headed out of the looker room or something. We may not be all those things yet, but we're working on them: Cam says he is working on being humble, Wes is working on speaking properly, and I figured I should probably shower every day. Baby steps.

Is there anything you would add to our list?


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    1. I'm pretty sure after the morning announcements at River, they would end by saying, "Stay classy Columbia River"

  2. My two words for this year are "Believing" and "Courageous". This comes after reading the Book of Revelations all December. These two words are in opposition to the unbelieving and fearful people who had a bad outcome at the final judgment :-)