sun1.jpg

My grandfather was a champion of manners, and one of the most basic ones he advocated was that the first thing you said to family members in the morning should be, “Good morning.” 

Not “What’s for breakfast?” or “I’m late, gotta go.”  Just “Good morning.”

In Paris this past week, I thought of my grandfather as I noticed how the French say “bonjour” and, later in the day, “bonsoir” at the start of every conversation.  Such niceties are not part of our mainstream culture here in America–but shouldn’t they be?  Is there an easier way to orient yourself toward a positive, open day than to initiate contact with other human beings with a wish for goodness?

So – bonjour, buenos dias, bon giorno, boker tov….good morning!

More from Beliefnet and our partners
previous posts

This is the post in which we say goodbye.  We’re both leaving our respective jobs at Beliefnet, and so it’s time to step away from the blog. So, this is the post in which we say goodbye…by saying thank you.  Thank you to you, the readers, for clicking and visiting and sharing the myriad ways […]

Are you a frustrated dreamer? I know I am. I often wake up with fragments of scenes echoing in my mind that seem really meaningful–but then I leap out of bed, start my morning routine, and in seconds they’re gone. I want to linger in that realm and tap into the guidance and insight rising […]

Because I lack an engineering degree and don’t understand why we can’t just stop this thing NOW with a 10-ton wad of gum or giant boulder or massive Q-tip, I’ll share more spiritual wisdom from elders. This is from the beautiful, amazing International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers–they each represent a continent and a native […]

“Worry is a prayer for something you don’t want.” – Sharon Gannon I love that. The other day someone expressed concern about my excessive worrying habit, and I’ve been contemplating on it ever since. Doing my best to actually contemplate, rather than worry. I’ve been on a renewed Gilmore Girls binge lately and last night as Lorelai, […]