Punctuality Is The Politeness Of Kings Essaytyper

Celebrating Prince George and networking over tea at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto.

English fever has spread around the globe as news of the birth of Prince George has dominated media channels.  Many sheepishly admit to watching the first footage of baby George with his proud parents emerging from the hospital more than just a few times.  As for myself, I invited a good friend and former colleague for a celebratory tea at the historic King Edward Hotel, in Toronto.  Once I have a recipe from the chef to share, I will do a more formal review, but it was delightful. The madeleines sported blue icing in honor of the Prince.  Always looking for new ways to network, many business types are looking to afternoon tea as a way to relax over business.

As you may know, Tea Tuesday is a weekly tradition I started, celebrating the era of “Downton Abbey”, the popular TV show, featuring a new “Downton” era recipe.

Refer to my Online Guide to Afternoon Tea, helpful in understanding the traditions and dishes served at tea.

Today’s dish is Pain au Chocolat.  Hard working execs have limited access to their kitchens, but this elegant breakfast and tea treat can be prepared quickly using prepared puff pastry.

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"I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moralcharacter if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments."
- Nathaniel Emmons, American theologian (1745-1840)
I was late for work once. Once, literally! And, believe it or not, I still remember what day it was − Monday 13 June 1994. I remember it not because it was the day Exxon was ordered to pay $5 billion in punitive damages as a result of the infamous Valdez oil spill. No, I remember it because it was the day we found my old man lying sprawled on his bedroom floor. That was the day Dad suffered a stroke and knocked himself out when he collapsed. More notably, I remember it because it was the day before he went for good. And so, after 10½ years of never having been late for work, that was how a blip finally made its way into my impeccable attendance record.

I take immense pride in my punctuality (at least two acquaintances have described it as "frightening") and vividly remember how my boss penned the single word "exemplary" under the column marked "Punctuality & Commitment" on the annual appraisal form for 2001. And this meant a lot to me: it showed recognition; more importantly, it showed appreciation of something I'd striven incessantly to achieve. That's why I find it sad that in some cultures punctuality isn't even expected − never mind observed − and being late is deemed "fashionable."

I do not hold in high regard those who think it's okay to be routinely late. I think they are undisciplined, indifferent and lack a genuine concern for others. In short, I think they don't give a damn. I also equate habitual lateness with rudeness. In fact, making others wait - or making others also late - is rudeness (and selfishness) personified. In my younger days, I looked down on people who were always late for school, for an appointment, for work or for a meeting. I still do. The fact is, lateness really bothers me − which is why it drives me up the wall when someone is unpunctual, be it family, friends, associates or those on my payroll.

Punctuality is a virtue, and like so many other virtues, it is one that's (tragically) disappearing with each passing generation. Far too many people, these days, have lost that sense of urgency which once drove humankind to progress and prosper. And that is probably why it's getting increasingly lonely for me, as well as those like me, here on Punctuality Street as our numbers continue to dwindle. However, I'm slowly learning to come to terms with that loneliness in the hope that, someday, tardiness won't bother me as much as it does now. Not that I'll ever condone it − quite the opposite.

I think in many cultures today the situation has reached a point where trying to fight or discourage lateness is a lost cause. How sad is that? Closer to home (and until such time that my ability to do so is hampered by sickness or physical immobility), I'll continue to strive to be strictly punctual. Why? Because I believe that being punctual is respectful. More importantly, I believe that being punctual is right.


"Punctuality is the politeness of kings."
- King Louis XVIII of France (1755-1824)
Amelia Q. (Malaysia): I will never forget the day my Uncle Vince told us the importance of punctuality at the dinner table. Haha!! From then on, I have always tried my best to arrive 1/2 hour before appointments. In the end, I always have to wait at least 45 minutes before my friends/clients/etc. arrive. Thank you, Uncle Vince
Vincent Quek responds: Thank you for remembering, Amelia.


Essay

"Punctuality Is the Politeness of Kings"
by Vincent Quek (Malaysia)

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