20 August 2014

The List

I must first set goals in order to reach them. The list is the first step in cultivating my ambitions. I pen my pending accomplishments, sorting each goal into one of three categories: immediateshort term and long term. I refer to the immediate list, where my objectives are arranged in the order I plan to complete them on a daily basis. As I achieve each intention, the list is emptied, making room for additional goals from the short term list. Only when I move items from the short term list to the immediate list do I give them my attention. The long term goals are confined to their list until the opportune time to make them a reality. The master achiever does not necessarily have a personal assistant but merely an adorable pad of list paper.
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M.J.W.

14 August 2014

Hasty Hurry

The 390 to Notting Hill Gate operates a red bus with three sets of doors. During peak hours the back set stands open with an attendant on the platform. Oftentimes commuters will ask the unoccupied attendant for directions.

One afternoon, I boarded a westbound bus at Tottenham Court Road. The vehicle came to a pause in traffic on bustling Oxford Street near the Circus. A young woman with a suitcase came to the edge of the pavement and politely asked the attendant for directions. While the two were in conversation, a middle aged woman approached the bus. "Are you going this way?" she screamed. When the attendant remained uninterrupted in his current discussion with the young lady, the middle aged woman repeated her question an octave higher. Only when she received a quick "Yes" did she board the bus. Her hideous manners and outfit to match made me raise a disdainful eyebrow. 

Even if a woman is in a hurry, she does not have the license to be hasty in her interactions with others in the public sphere. A woman without her manners is improperly dressed even if she is wearing a gorgeous ensemble. In order to consider herself a full member of polite society, especially in the United Kingdom, a lady should never misplace them.
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M.J.W.

28 July 2014

Correspondence Time

Afternoon is ideal for me to take to the pen. I divide my writing duties into four classes. Letters and greeting cards tend to be the most lengthy and often require first drafts. In contrast, the average time required per emails or postcard is less consuming. I do not pen in piecemeal. Thus, in a sitting I complete one category of my correspondence. My outgoing mail for the day is usually deposited in the red post box by 16:50. Hoarding mail overnight delays the sense of accomplishment that overtakes me when my post has been sent.   


Writing at the Ritz


M.J.W.