DEAR ABBY: Courtesy course highlights important words for life

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

DEAR ABBY: I read the "Definition of Maturity" in your column a while ago, and I would like to share a clipping I have been saving since the 1960s.

It's from the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women Newsletter and titled, "A Short Course in Courtesy."

"The SIX most important words: 'I admit I made a mistake.' The FIVE most important words: 'You did a good job.' The FOUR most important words: 'What is your opinion?' The THREE most important words: 'If you please.' The TWO most important words: 'Thank you.' The ONE most important word: 'We.' The LEAST most important word: 'I."'

The clipping is disintegrating on my fridge, but the saying has provided a life lesson I've lived by. In these times of uncertainty, it's a good reminder of how to treat others. - N.Y. TRANS­ PLANT IN S.C.

DEAR N.Y. TRANS­ PLANT: I agree with the philosophy expressed in the item you shared. It is something to inspire us. Thank you for writing.