One of the first things we learn when we are visiting with friends from other countries is how to say cheers when we toast before drinking alcohol. It is a universal tradition. We learned the Germans say Post. The Russians say Chin Chin. The Italians say Salute. The Brazilians say Saute or Tim Tim. There is even a website that tells you how to say "Cheers" in any language: http://www.awa.dk/glosary/slainte.htm#P There is just something about having an alcoholic beverage to break the ice with people that are different than we are.
President Obama uses this technique when getting together people from opposite ends of the spectrum. He has often stated that he really looked up to Abraham Lincoln and this was the same technique President Lincoln also used. When I traveled to Gettysburg, it is this quote that caught my attention and that I bought a souvenir of trip. "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer." ~Abraham Lincoln. There is some truth to that statement. After a drink of alcohol (notice I'm not saying many drinks here as this would have the opposite effect) we are not so quick to be on the defense to defend our own positions but to be in a better position to open our ear canals which are normally closed.
I had to smile and just thought to myself Post!, Tim Tim!, Salute!, Cheers! as this was a great way to start the morning. And to think I was just thinking about coffee cups and their meanings, this has brought my awareness of wine glasses to a new level. I wonder if they have any wine glasses with basketballs or referee sayings on them?
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