As a child growing up, what is the most important or one of the most important things your parents or teachers told you that changed your way of thinking or your life at that time?
When I was about 5-6, I was told:
"No son, children SHOULD be heard and seen."
My parents told me I was an alien from another planet. I certainly felt that way growing up as well, but it later made me stronger. It made me want to improve how the world saw me.
"It's your life, you have to live it - not me." Although they've never been reticent in telling me when they don't like how I've chosen to live it
Damn, I wish I could add to this thread, but at that early age:
I was too busy caught up in the matrix, trying to figure out how & why I landed on this insane, beautiful planet... I'd say the nature of things that surrounds us, is the most influential, though.
As a child growing up one of the most important things that my parents taught me was how "sports is a way of life." And, for me it stands true still.
The one I heard was, "You were fortunate enough to be born with a good head. Don't muck it up." (With alcohol - I guess. Drugs weren't all that big a problem when I was a kid.)
The other biggie was: "There's no crime in someone not being able to do something; but if you don't do something because you don't want to bother trying, that's a sin." (Apparently, however, even that wasn't a crime - just a sin. )
I learend from my parents and several teachers and authority type figures in churches what NOT to say to children. Things I say to my children every day. "I love you." "Your important to me." "I care."
and "wash the dishes please."
The most important things came to me, not from my parents or teachers, but from Marlo Thomas.
We are Free to be, You and Me
Growing up, my parents always told me that I was stupid.
Of course, by them saying that it lead me to believe that I wasn't the sharpest fry in the crayon box - or something like that. But, it did motivate me, because I never wanted to be perceived like that. Maybe it wasn't the right way to do things, but it worked.
Great contributions everyone! Thanks!
Urbane Chaos - you da man.
If ya "cain't" do nuthin about it; or Ya "ain't goina" do nuthin about it, .... Why waste your time worrying about it.
One day I saw my grand father fixin something on his tractor.. I had watched my dad fixin the same piece on his tractor a few days earlier but went a diffrent way in fixin it.
Smart "A" that I was, I ask... "Which of ya are doin it wrong?
He said; "If ya caint tell no difference when ya get dun. what diffrence does it make?"
"If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all"
That's the one my grandmother used on my sister and I almost daily!
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