Everywhere we look today, people are running from responsibility. Recently, I ran across this short observation from an unknown author. This is what we need from our elected leaders, our children, our neighbors and our friends, and most of all ourselves. Class is not something we get from money, it is what we get from owning our behavior.
Class never runs scared. It is sure-footed and confident, and it can handle whatever comes along.
Class has a sense of humor. It knows that a good laugh is the best lubricant for oiling the machinery of human relations.
Class never makes excuses. It takes its lumps and learns from mistakes.
Class knows that good manners are nothing more than a series of small sacrifices and minor inconveniences.
Class bespeaks an aristocracy unrelated to ancestors or money. Some extremely wealthy people have no class at all, while others who are struggling to make ends meet are loaded with it.
Class is real. You can't fake it.
Class is comfortable in its own skin. It never puts on airs.
Class never tries to build itself up by tearing others down.
Class is already up and need not attempt to look better by making others look worse.
Class can walk with kings and keep its virtue and talk with crowds and keep the common touch.
Everyone is comfortable with the person who has class because he is comfortable with himself.
If you have class, you've got it made. If you don't have class, no matter what else you have, it won't make up for it.
Next time someone asks me what I want to be when I grow up, I'm going to tell them that this is what I want to be.