Manners 101, Lesson 1

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As we approach Thanksgiving and having an attitude of gratitude…

This is a time of year that we want to build bridges and stronger relationships- not insult people. I’ve noticed that some people may not have ever been taught and I am certainly no Emily Post, but there are some things that are good ole common sense with a dash of Southern Hospitality. If someone buys you dinner at a restaurant or if you attend a party/wedding/event to eat, do not say ANYTHING negative about the food or the restaurant. PERIOD. Mom’s old rule applies here. If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all. Some may feel it necessary to verbalize their opinions freely in such environments. However, I have never seen any good come out of that. It is not like they can whip something up that will please your palate at that point anyway. In fact, it hurts people. Can you imagine if you were paying the bill, or had spent a fortune on the perfect wedding cake, or slaved away in the kitchen all day only to overhear your family member, friend, or ‘sister in The Lord’ criticizing your efforts or even worse the work of a new member? It really isn’t about if you can eat onions or not, it is about the celebration and more importantly THE PEOPLE behind that celebration! So, smile, be grateful for their offering, and enjoy! Oh, and if you are in a restaurant setting, then make sure you thank the person that paid the bill. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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About Mindi

Mindi was raised in Westlake, Louisiana and moved to the Houston area after receiving her bachelor's degree in Mass Communications in 1993. Mindi has been instrumental in all facets of growing their ad agency since its inception in 1999. She has worked closely with national level clients in developing and executing results-driven marketing initiatives. She is also co-owner of the renowned Medical Journal - Houston, a healthcare business newspaper, where she works as Publisher and Editor. In 2011, her family started a new church plant in The Woodlands, Texas. She counts it an honor to serve as pastor’s wife of The Pentecostals of The Woodlands where she shares her husband’s burden for souls and to reach The Woodlands community. She and her husband have three sons that are all actively serving the church. Mindi homeschools the boys and has an insatiable desire to see them saved and to be everything that God wants them to be. Due to her extensive research, the oldest son recently graduated high school with his bachelor's degree and the younger two are on track to do the same. To say that she is passionate about the family is an understatement. She has purposed to study family dynamics and is ever learning. She is a family junkie so to speak and is addicted to learning new ways to help her family and other families thrive. She enjoys researching and sharing her findings with everyone through her blog called The Fervent Family.

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