Being a Gentleman

Ambrose Weiskircher
Being male is a matter of Birth
Being a man is a matter of age
Being a Gentleman is a matter of choice.

I do not believe that Chivalry has died.
I believe that the Gentleman in most men has simply been repressed through the pressures of society.
Indeed, even woman can be chivalrous as they give up their seats on the bus or train to the elderly or those injured or traveling with children.
Chivalry is more than a neat sounding term but for some a way of living life daily.
Courtesy towards others and honor in your own actions are the hallmarks of a gentleman.
It is the choices we make every day when we are in a position to either help someone else or not.
Knowing what you stand for is essential to keep you from falling into mediocrity and boorish behavior.
Those who have something in life they are willing to die for have a purpose to live and the strength of character necessary to be a gentleman.
There are a few simple rules to remember to act like a gentleman at all times.
Saying “Please and Thank you” are not hard to do and will make others think better of you.
In order to discover if you are willing to be a gentleman ask yourself these questions and evaluate your own actions and standards of conduct:
Do you support protecting the weak from bullies?
Do you support respecting women as equals?
Do you respect those who are older than you?
Are you able to control your temper and your speech and not curse or use foul language?
Are you quick to forgive when others offend you then repent?
Do you check your posture often and stand up straight?
Do you look people in the eye when speaking to them?
Do you refuse to give in to listening too or repeating gossip?
Do you consistently monitor your grooming standards and keep them high?
Do you try very hard to be punctual?
Do you keep your promises and appointments?
Do you read in order to stay well informed and build up your vocabulary as well as to be entertained?
Do you hold onto a sense of romantic hope for yourself and others?
Do you love others well?
Do you think more highly of others than of yourself (are you humble?)
If you can answer these questions with a yes then you can live the life of a gentleman.
Becoming a gentleman does not happen overnight.
Being a gentleman is also something to be worked on and improved during an entire lifetime.
So y’all know there is no time like today to start acting like the man you want to be for the rest of your life.

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About chaplainchucks

I am an old Marine who has become a Chaplain. I love to write stories, poetry and to perform wedding ceremonies. I live in the mountains in Southern California but work near the beach. I also enjoy camping and cooking in my Dutch Ovens. I am a philosopher, gentleman, Renaissance man and great-grandfather. USMC 1976-1980 (Tank Battalion) US Army 1980-1988 (Military Intelligence) Minister license 1995
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