When George Washington was 16 years old, the young future president finished copying out the 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation . Some of these rules, based on French Jesuit beliefs from the late 1500s, may sound a little fussy if not downright silly today. It's easy to dismiss all 110 rules as outdated, befitting only a time of feather quills and powdered wigs. However, common courtesy and the ability to focus on the needs of others above your own are the key rules that still apply today. It's about more than just good manners; it's about making small sacrifices for the sake of living in civility and decency. These are the values Mr. Washington held so dear, the values that made him arguably America's best president. Do you know who else holds common courtesy and other civil behavior very close to his heart? Mr. Rooter®. In honor of Independence Day and our nation's freedom, which was largely accomplished thanks to Mr. Washington, let's see just how similar our country's first president is to
Respect Everyone You Interact With
Mr. Washington believed that "every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present." In modern terms, he meant that a gentleman should stand up when a lady enters the room, that a burp should be made discreetly and with a polite "excuse me" following it. Mr. Rooter holds himself to similar standards. He treats others with respect and follows the Golden Rule to a tee. Being respectful means he listens without interrupting and that he always speaks in a calm voice with no profanity or sarcasm. No matter how frustrating a job becomes, he never takes it out on you, the customer.
Don't Draw Undue Attention to Yourself
Mr. Washington was a modest man, so he stood by the rules that declare you shouldn't draw attention to yourself. For example, "do not laugh too loud or too much at any public spectacle." Mr. Rooter is also modest and will never attempt to take more credit (or compensation, for that matter) than he is due. He conducts repairs as quietly and unobtrusively as possible so as not to disrupt your normal day-to-day activities.
Never Mock Something Important to Others
Mr. Washington liked to have a good time, but not at another's expense. The rule he strove to live by states, "Mock not nor jest at anything of importance...and if you deliver anything witty and pleasant abstain from laughing thereat yourself." There's nothing worse than someone who laughs at his own bad joke, right? Even Mr. Washington knew that. Mr. Rooter is also sure to never disregard an idea of yours. He acknowledges your perspective and corrects you if necessary, but never in an unkind way and always in the spirit of achieving the best outcome for you and your home. But besides, he's the professional; that's why you called him in the first place. You can trust his judgment.
Mr. Washington was a man of impeccable taste. He was a fine dresser and adhered to this rule: "Wear not your cloths foul, ripped or dusty but see they be brushed once every day at least and take heed that you approach not to any uncleanness." Forget brushing his clothes;Mr. Rooter always arrives in a freshly laundered shirt. He's the cleanest, sharpest dressed plumber you ever did see. Plus, he even takes the extra step to bring his own doormat and shoe covers to keep your home just as clean as he found it. What else do Mr. Washington andMr. Rooter have in common? Call us for your next plumbing repair and find out. And happy Independence Day!