Promptness is the cardinal rule when dialing with others; the person who is late for appointments or keeps people waiting for meetings, classes, or meals is an annoyance and is saying in essence, “I don’t care enough about you to be on time.”
– Sister Mary Mercedes
This daily courtesy is important and a challenge with most people’s schedules and Atlanta’s traffic. When you set appointments give yourself several extra minutes for travel. If you arrive early, take a breath and a moment to yourself. If you are a few minutes late for an appointment, apologize simply and directly. If you think you are going to be more that 15 minutes tardy, contact your appointment and offer to reschedule.
The original version of this book was first published around 1910. The edition sited for this quote was lovingly republished by graduates of the San Domenico School in San Anselmo in 2001. Several of the people involved in this effort had Sister Mercedes as a teacher.
Mercedes, Mary. A Book of Courtesy: The Art of Living with Yourself and Others. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2001. Print.