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Four Little Words. . .

 

Regardless of the cut of one's sports jacket, odd pants, suit, or shirt collar, four key words spring to mind when it comes to being intentional about our attire, personal habits, daily interactions and so much else.  Here they are:

Polish -- Good manners and ease with people.

Sophistication --  Refinement, good taste, and subtlety in not only a social context but also the cultural and intellectual senses.

Finesse --  Sensibility, grace, and social competence.

Awareness -- Perspective, empathy, and emotional intelligence 

 

And my point?  We should strive to cultivate these qualities in ourselves with (more) conscious intent.  More of the four within and from everyone would make the world in 2024 a far more pleasant place in which to live and operate.  Best of all, these four things cost nothing, making them accessible to everyone regardless of education level or income bracket.

-- Heinz-Ulrich

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