Today starts the week of Manners in Finnish schools, Tapakasvatusviikko. It´s not just about good manners but also about learning, civilization, tolerance and education. Being aware that we are all different and all equal. That one´s skin color, culture, sexual orientation or mother tongue are not choices and therefor you should never bully anyone because of that.
It´s quite simple, really. The Golden Rule is a part of every major religion and culture: treat others as you´d like to be treated. Kids and teenagers are the "main" audience for this week but I´d like to remind adults as well of the Power of Nice. And yes, we all have bad days and go through emotions that for sure ain´t all that nice. But as a rule of thumb, try to be nice or at least civil. Or as a friend of mine put it: don´t be an a**hole. It doesn´t matter if you´re backstage at a show in the line at the grocery store, say hello, look people in the eye when you talk to them and if you´re really courageous smile to that person who is always sitting alone. The worst thing is to think that you´re invisible to others and that nobody cares.
Have a beautiful Monday people! <3