Bits of Advice to Southern Ladies
This phrase was coined by Theodore Roosevelt, but it holds as much weight now as it did when he uttered the words he used to dictate his foreign policies. It is similar to the phrase “iron fist in a velvet glove.”
Be soft, but be stern. Always be easy going, but have a backup plan, your “big stick,” in case you need it. Stand your ground, but do it in a way that class and reverence shines.
Basically, tell them to go to hell in a way that they look forward to the trip.
Always treat your enemies as friends. If someone doesn’t like you , but you treat them with kindness and love, no one will ever believe the things they say about you. Treat your exchanges with others like a chess game and think one step ahead. Speaking Softly doesn’t mean to be quiet, it simply implies that one does not make waves, but sits back and watches, only commenting when necessary. Let your thoughts and actions be your big stick that impresses and awes those around you.