Choosing Civility!

by Rebecca Griffin
CommUNITY Living Committee

(Editor’s Note: This article was attributed to the wrong author in the April edition of the newspaper. We apologize to the author for the mistake.)

The CommUNITY Living Committee has as its focus the enhancement of cordial, respectful and authentic relationships within the Riderwood community. Some of the Committee’s efforts have consisted of Spirit Week, placing encouraging quotes in the living rooms, and addressing matters such as dog ownership and care, and elevator etiquette.

The CommUNITY Living Committee is considering a program at Riderwood that will familiarize residents and staff with principles of civility and the importance of implementing those principles within our community.

Civility includes courtesy, politeness, and good manners as well as being constantly aware of the wellbeing of others in our environment. (We’re never too old to learn.} For example, civility does not require agreement with others, but it does speak to how to handle matters with which we disagree. We need social support and social skills which will help to ensure that support.

The CommUNITY Living Committee has embarked on a program at Riderwood that will familiarize residents and staff with principles of civility and the importance of implementing those principles within our community. Civility is very important as we respond to events in our lives. The Committee’s goal is to demonstrate and encourage civility through discussions, workshops, speakers and conversation. Are you willing to participate in this new undertaking? Our study guide for this project is Choosing Civility: The Twenty Four Rules of Considerate Conduct, by P.M. Forni, cofounder of the Johns Hopkins Civility Project. Civility is a project being studied at many agencies and communities. Locally, Howard County has a vibrant program as well as Goddard Space Flight Center and Johns Hopkins University.

Your response will be elicited through community groups and individualized inquiries. Stay tuned.

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