Common Courtesies: What I’ve Learned From “Breaking Bad”

Life’s a stage, and actors aren’t the only performers.  Each of us has a part to play, whether as a professional, a family member, or a friend.  Regardless of the role, our performance is always enhanced by good manners. (from Modern Manners: Tools to Take You to the Top by Dorthea Johnson and Liv Tyler)

 

I will be the first one to admit that I am not Miss Manners, but I certainly believe in being kind to others (in most cases), in respecting my superiors and elders (in most cases) and that you can gain knowledge in just about any scenario presented to you (in most cases).

 

Although late to the party, I have been binge watching “Breaking Bad” for the past few weeks.  I have lost hours of productive time, but as I’m not much of a sun gal, I’m not missing precious hours in the summer sun, so there is something to gain from my loss.

 

Far from empty formalities, manners translate to common courtesy, simply showing small kindnesses to other human beings. (from Modern Manners: Tools to Take You to the Top by Dorthea Johnson and Liv Tyler)

 

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In every situation Walter White is placed, he is respected by those who interact with him…even when he is there to kill them.  He respects others, even if their choice is to partake of his blue crystal.  When deciding to allow a person to live or die, he will get to know them, take all angles into consideration before completing the deed – all in the name of his family and friends.

 

He commands respect, Jesse still calls him “Mr. White” for goodness sake and his family supports him in all that he does…bad…but oh so good.

 

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His role as a friend to Jesse Pinkman has brought more harm than good to him, but he continues to be loyal and courteous.  He has saved his life more times than I can count.  He tries to control his rage when Jesse does the most idiotic thing to put them in harm’s way time and time again.  In the end his love of his cooking partner gives him an “A” on the friend scale.

 

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His role as a family member can sometimes be questionable, but all his service is in the name of his family – immediate and extended…even though it puts his life on the line.  It is amazing the situations you will put yourself into when you think the end is near.  Providing for his family is priority number one whether he is there or long gone.  Don’t tell me the patience on this man hasn’t been tested (I’ve even wanted to kill his wife a time or ten), but he carries on in service to his DEA brother-in-law, his kleptomaniac sister-in-law, his cheating wife, his winey teenage son and his sweet baby girl.

My name is Walter Hartwell White. I live at 308 Negra Arroyo Lane, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 87104. To all law enforcement entities, this is not an admission of guilt. I am speaking to my family now. Skyler, you are the love of my life, I hope you know that. Walter junior, you’re my big man. There are… there are going to be some things, things that you’ll come to learn about me in the next few days. I just want you to know that, no matter how it may look, I only had you in my heart. Goodbye.”  – Walter White

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His role as a professional sees him thriving in an exciting business world.  His outstanding work ethic would make any person want to do business with him.  He is calculated, he is thoughtful, he is careful, he is punctual, he is an outstanding team member.

 

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Chemistry is, well technically, chemistry is the study of matter. But I prefer to see it as the study of change.” – Walter White

Though life has thrown some curve balls at Walter White he continues on with grace and style (at least through Season 3 – don’t spoil any final details for me) he plays his part in the stage of life with dignity and good manners.  We can all learn a little something from Walter White. {ding}

 

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And if you find yourself in trouble, Better Call Saul!

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