Be Respectful

Recently, Governor DeWine put a mandate in place that was not favored by all. He put a new curfew in place in the hopes of potentially slowing the spread of Covid-19. He did not want to close establishments because many businesses would close permanently. Because the virus is not slowing as hoped, additional measures need to take place.

Several individuals were upset with this decision; they formed what was called a "dance party" outside of the governor's personal home. It was not a fun dance party. It was a loud, obnoxious display of disrespect. Horns were honking into the night, and people were yelling and loud. It was entirely disrespectful for a man who has committed his life to making decisions to keep us safe.

Regardless of whether you support all of his choices or not, he is still the governor, and he deserves respect. He deserves to have a peaceful evening in his home with his family. Did the individuals who participated in this gathering ever think about the neighbors? Perhaps the children in the area who were trying to sleep? Maybe the young people who were trying to study? What about the older residents who go to bed a bit earlier? How do you think this nonsense made them feel? It was beyond disrespectful. If we don't start taking a stand about this behavior and identify it for what it is, it will continue and worsen.

I realize that we are an angry society today; however, that does not justify the significantly poor treatment of others. Where did the anti-bullying campaign go?  

This situation put a bee in my bonnet because it showed how genuinely selfish and cruel we have become.   

It made me think about the word respect. When did we become people who lash out rudely because we don't agree with something? When did it become okay to have a violent temper tantrum because we didn't agree with something and were mad?

It is time to go back to basics and think about our actions. Disrespecting someone who is doing a job is unacceptable. You will never be respected by disrespecting.  

In a world full of anxiety and frustration, we must remember that we are a civilized society. One that operates by rules and guidelines so that everyone can live safely and securely.

Sometimes we don't get what we want. That's life. You can't control everything, but you can control how you react to situations. Be respectful to individuals who are doing the best they can.

Colleen Harding

President of The Cleveland School of Etiquette and Corporate Protocol.   I am a member St Raphael Women's Guild, Friends of the Westside Catholic Center and The Avon Oaks Women's Golf Association.

I live in Bay Village with my husband and 3 children.   

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 AM, 12.01.2020