To the outsider trying to figure things out, the Virgin Islands presents a different kind of social distance. Or different kinds plural.
Tact is telling the truth kindly, considerate of how your words affect others’ feelings. Think before you speak, knowing what is better left unsaid. When you are tactful, others find it easier to hear what you have to say.
Consideration is being thoughtful of other people and their feelings. You consider how your actions affect them. You pay careful attention to what others like and don’t like, and do things that give them happiness.
Friendliness is being a friend, through good times and bad. You take an interest in other people and make them feel welcome. You share your belongings, your time, and yourself. Friendliness is the best cure for loneliness.
In February, the Cruise Line Industry Association released its 2015 State of the Cruise Industry Report, citing that once again the Caribbean reigns supreme for cruise itineraries worldwide.
In this world, the rules that have governed others don’t apply and the “lessons of history” are not applicable to the United States. The result is a failure of imagination.
Courtesy is being polite and having good manners. When you speak and act courteously, you give others a feeling of being valued and respected. Greet people pleasantly.
Being forgiving is giving someone another chance after they have done something wrong. Everyone makes mistakes. Instead of revenge, make amends. Forgive yourself too.
Peacefulness is being calm inside. Take time for daily reflection and gratitude. Solve conflicts so everyone wins. Be a peacemaker. Peace is giving up the love of power for the power of love.
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