I was often told as a kid to "do unto others as you will have them do unto you". Today I may translate that to mean :"what goes around comes around" or "karma is a b*tch"; but the same basic principle applies.
I can still hear my mother's voice, "If you don't have anything nice to say; don't say anything." To this day I don't like gossip.
And for my sister!!! "You should have done that an hour ago." The first time it was used we were on a car trip from Ottawa Canada to New York. My sister had to go the bathroom. We all broke up laughing then (come on...an hour ago!!!?) and we still use this family gem of a phrase quite often to get a laugh.
"You can do hard things" "Life isn't fair" "If your bored I have some chores for you" "Please Finish Something!"
These are pretty much the answers to all of life's tough tricks. Even though the cliché parental tone makes me chuckle these little titbits do have some value when I need to push on through something I don't want to do, although sometimes I add a bit more happiness to them like "life isn't fair but who cares? I'm happy now anyway." to put my own pizzazz into it. You have got to love parental advice !
I remember my dad always telling me, "son, always treat a woman with respect, even if she doesn't deserve it." Fortunately that always stuck with me. I went through a really bad divorce a while ago and there were many times that following my dad's advice probably kept me out of jail.
When i was younger my dad asked me to read in church. I stood up and all eyes turned to me. I was so nervous, and scared. "Everyone is looking at me" i whispered to my dad. "That's because you are beautiful" he replied. My confidence came back and since then whenever i am before an audience i tell myself the same thing.
My parents always say and used to say when I was a child that "tell the truth, no matter how much problems you have to face but don't leave this path.Truth prevails".Still today, I have kept this in mind.
Don't believe anything without testing all of the possibilities. Things in the oven, or on the stove, are ALWAYS hot. What goes up will come down. Murphy's law will always be the law. The water is colder and deeper than you think it is. Don't slap a bear or poke a badger.
I was told as a child quite often "control your voice". I have come to say the same thing to my children, and I always share with my children something my father told me "I will always be by your side".
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