As someone who attended 12 years of Catholic school, I understand fully about having my actions “prescribed by authority.” There were many rules especially in grade school that were not to be broken. There was an expectation from the educators that we the students would obey.
Learn to live by the rules. If we did not, there was some form of punishment. Some were harsh, others gentle reprimands. But the bottom line was from a very young age we were taught there are rules in life. And if you do not obey them, there are consequences for your actions.
Imagine a class of 30 small children acting unruly. It would be chaos, and it would be nearly impossible for the teacher to provide the children a quality education. Especially, if the teacher had to use half the class time calming them down.
Obeying the rules went hand in hand with being polite and as importantly respectful. When your daily routine starts the same way: Good Morning, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and daily prayers; you are being taught more than math and science. You are taught regimentation, respect, gratitude and grace.
And if you were listening closely, finesse as well. Skill and cleverness are surely needed when dealing with others today. Practice may not make you perfect, but practicing the same disciplines will make you a stronger more confident individual. When you act positively and then receive a positive reaction from those who guide your life, it can change your life. So much so, that you become strong and confident in yourself. You do not feel the need to hurt others, and more easily dismiss other’s negativity. When you do the right thing, treat yourself and others with respect, you come to know that no one’s opinion of you is ever more important than your opinion of yourself. You are strong right where you are; and you have earned it.
Nicki Donley Author Cool Conduct -100 Ways To Make A Positive Impression