Monday, July 2, 2012

Amiability

Amiable and Amiability are words that one used to see often in literature, such as the works of Jane Austen, but not as often in modern literature any more.

At any rate, the dictionary has this about amiable:

1 archaic : pleasing, admirable
2 a : generally agreeable
b : being friendly, sociable, and congenial

And there is a "Code of Amiability" written by Blessed Teresita Gonzalez-Quevedo...

The virtue of amiability results from the fusion of several strong virtues. It is the all things to all men that grows out of charity: the knowledge of self that humility teaches; the pure detachment found in mortification; the meekness born of patience; and the undaunted courage won of perseverance....The Code of Amiability obliges one:

1. To smile until a kindly smile forms readily on one's lips.
2. To repress a sign of impatience at the very start.
3. To add a word of benevolence when giving orders.
4. To reply positively when asked to do a favor.
5. To lend a helping hand to the unfortunate.
6. To please those toward whom one feels repugnance.
7. To study and satisfy the tastes of those with whom one lives.
8. To respect everyone.
9. To avoid complaining.
10. To correct, if one must, with kindness.

Something I'll be thinking about.

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