Chivalry goes as far back as medieval times, when it was a code of honor for knights. The definition of chivalry is the combination of qualities expected of an ideal knight, especially courage, integrity, courtesy, justice, and readiness to help the weak. But is it still relevant today?
My hope is that our children will learn from adults about the importance of keeping it alive even today. I believe that chivalry is still thriving but maybe in a different way. Today it is more about making the right choices, doing the right thing, and being conscious of others. I also believe it entails being kind and considerate, honoring others, being brave, respectful, and loyal.
There are a few ways that stand out as to how to keep chivalry alive, and below are some suggestions;
- Instead of texting your loved one, pick up the phone as it is so much more personal.
- Pay attention to your loved ones when they are talking, don't be distracted.
- Send flowers for any reason or even bring them home now and then.
- Open the car door and the doors to restaurants and establishments.
- Pull out the chair for your loved one before sitting down at home or a restaurant.
- Stand up if you're at a table and your loved one is approaching you to sit down.
- Introduce them to someone that you are talking to that they might not know.
- Let them know how unique, beautiful, talented, and appreciated they are.
As an independent and strong individual, I know I can take care of myself and don't necessarily need someone to do these things for me. But, how nice is it when a person shows consideration, admiration, love, and respect to you even when you are not expecting it?
Yes, I believe chivalry is not dead, but it may just be a bit different from before. People who keep it alive in their personal lives tend to be happier, more fulfilled, and continue living their best and most beautifulife.
My Affirmation for you this week is:
"I will keep chivalry alive and thriving in my life to embrace the importance of honor, respect, and courtesy to others."