Many years ago, there was a columnist named Ann Landers. She was an “advice columnist” who responded to many, many letters written to her. Additionally, she would include various short essays on a variety of topics. One that always remained with me was titled “Class.” From time to time, I have found myself rereading this in reevaluating how I interact with others. I hope it is helpful to you as well.
Class by Ann Landers
Class never runs scared. It is sure-footed and confident. 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 past mistakes.
Class knows that good manners are nothing more than a series of small, inconsequential sacrifices.
Class bespeaks an aristocracy that has nothing to do with ancestors or money. Some wealthy “bluebloods” have no class, while others who are struggling to make ends meet are loaded with it.
Class is real. It can’t be faked.
Class never tries to build itself up by tearing others down. Class is already up and need not strive 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 that person 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 doesn’t make any difference.