Monday, April 23 , 2018, 10:36 pm | Fog/Mist 54º

 
 
 
 

John Daly: Life Is a Continuous Magic Act, So Never Disrupt or Disrespect

My dear friend, Andrea Michaels, is founder and president of Extraordinary Events, a Los Angeles-based meeting and event planning and production firm. Every Friday for the last three years, she has published The Good News Letter. She created it on the premise that there is enough bad news in the world, and a publication filled with only “good news” would start everyone’s weekend off in a positive way.

I recently read with interest one of her weekly editorials. It pulled on my heart strings and brightened my day. Did it have something to do with good manners? You know that it did!

So, with Andrea’s permission, I share her column. It sends just the right, positive message for us all:

Last weekend my grandchildren reinforced a very important aspect of growing up ... good manners and consideration. We all went to The Magic Castle, which is open to kids only on weekends. I arrived early as did three women and various of their offspring. Small waiting area and the key to entering the showrooms is to say “Open Sesame” to a closed door that will then open. One young girl repeated it over and over again to get the door to keep opening and closing while the mothers paid absolutely no attention. They intruded and disrupted all families who entered. The hostess politely asked the girl to stop doing that. The girl ignored her; the mothers said nothing.

Jon, Danielle and the boys (my son and his family) arrived. The disrupters were “inside.” As we entered the first showroom, the kids allowed me to go first, or as both have learned, “Ladies always go first.” The crew from the lobby was already inside, sitting in the front row, mothers nursing their cocktails in back. The kids were loud and raucous and the moms laughing as if that was funny. Our boys were perfect gentlemen, as the magician took notice and commented.

On to another show with an amazing young magician, interrupted continuously by the rowdy and rude kids who disrespected not only the magician, but the entire audience by bouncing up to the stage, asking loud questions, and shouting ... you get the picture.

Every once in a while one of the moms would call out “Stop that (name)” and then howl hysterically. It went on for the entire show.

What’s my point? Kids behave as they are taught to. When they are taught courtesy and consideration (as our boys have) they behave accordingly. When their role models are disrespectful of anyone and everyone, the kids behave as they see and hear. So it’s our job to teach them right. We all need to treat each other with respect. Life is a continuous magic act ... filled with visions that spur imagination. It should never be disrupted or disrespected. Don’t you agree? — Andrea Michaels

Magical words to my ears! I can’t add anything that gets the message across better.

Click here for more information about Andrea Michaels, or contact her at [email protected].

John Daly is the founder and president of The Key Class, the go-to guide for job search success. Click here to learn more about The Key Class or to get his book. If you have questions about business or social etiquette, just ask John at [email protected]. Connect with The Key Class on Facebook. Follow John Daly on Twitter: @johndalyjrClick here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.


Maestro, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover, Debit

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >