Being on the nice list

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It’s not as easy as you think to be on the nice list.

Yes, you can be kind and thoughtful, those things help but also there are times when it is about so much more.

As the Christmas excitement builds up and sparkly lights twinkle from every other house that you pass, it got me thinking about the idea of the naughty and nice list and is there a middle ground?

There are somethings that clearly fit into one or the other and there is no grey area – ethics in PR for example, this year has certainly brought this topic to the forefront of people’s minds and if anyone out there had their toes dipped in muddy waters, I hope that 2017 has been a wake up call for them and they have looked at their practice and changed it for the better.

Somethings, however, I’m a little more uncertain about. I’m generally very opinionated, which I don’t think of as a bad thing, but I’ve found myself biting my tongue a lot recently and it’s not for fear of being on the naughty list, as honesty and truthfulness are surely good traits!

I think I’m just being a bit more measured as I get older and sometimes I take on the words of Thumper from Bambi and think, ‘If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say nothing at all.’

This doesn’t mean I turn blind eye to things, oh no, not at all, but it means that I don’t feel the need to jump on the bandwagon at all opportunities.

Anyway back to the naughty and nice list, I’d like to think that Father Christmas (I don’t call him Santa), recognises that you can be be the last one on the dance floor after a gin or two, cry with laughter at a friends tale of woe (with her not at her) and not always follow all of the rules but still have a place on the nice list.

I’ll pop up a stocking on December 24th just in case…….

 

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