I will be honest; I know my blog posts are not nearly as “gentlemanly” as people would think they should be. And you know what? You’d be right. I’ve been going through a lot of positive changes in my life these last few months, as well as several hardships, and I’ve come to realize that I need to make much more effort to be not just opinionated, but gentlemanly.
That doesn’t mean I should be a “yes man” or be “people pleasing,” but it does mean I should be more patient, respectful, and polite towards people, regardless of whether it’s an in-person meeting or a blog post. I have been venting and rude in my blogs for a while, and that’s not right. I owe all my readers an apology for that.
I hope you won’t misunderstand; I’m not going lax on my opinions or my convictions. On the contrary, those have never been more firm. Being firm in my convictions does not mean I can’t be better and more gentlemanly in how I speak about them. I need to find better ways to vent my frustrations with things in the world; I can be intelligent and respectful without being domineering and rude. That’s part of what being a gentleman is about for me – respecting the differences of others without losing grip on my own convictions and beliefs.