Which advice from your childhood do you still remember and follow?
The most? Get your work done. I used to do my homework on the ride home so I had more time to play outside. Now, I'm getting my work done quick and efficiently.
I'm not sure I remember getting advice during my childhood...or if I did, I likely didn't listen. I do remember my mom telling me that nice girls (meaning good girls) wear socks! I have no idea why girls who "weren't good or nice girls" would be the ones who were sockless.
I didn't necessarily follow it though. :-)
Pieces of advice that most readily come to mind:
1) "Think for yourself, and don't always be listening to what everyone else says about something. Everyone else doesn't always know any better than you do, and sometimes you know better than anyone about what you should be doing or about what's right."
2) "Don't be worrying about what other people do. You, worry about what YOU do."
3) "You have a good head. Use it, and don't do anything to muck it up."
4) "f you lie nobody will ever believe you."
5) "If you talk about people behind their back whoever you're talking to will just think you also talk about them behind their back."
6) (About any number of illegal/questionable things in society): "If people didn't buy it there wouldn't be a market for it."
7) "If you don't have respect for yourself nobody else will respect you either."
8) My parents' more streamlined version of the classic "if-everyone-else-jumped...." ("off a bridge", "off the roof", "into the lake"): "Just because everyone else is doing something doesn't mean you have to do it."
9) "Just do your best - that's all anyone can ask."
10) "If you see something that isn't right say something."
My father taught me to be systematic and disciplined and to first always to complete my responsibilities. This advise i am following till now. He is long gone but I feel he is with me as I am following his advice each and everyday till now.
Don't believe anyone who 'vows hares on leashes' («Τάζω λαγούς με πετραχήλια»). In rural Greece, it was easy to place a leash on farm animals like dogs, donkeys or even goats. So logn ago when someone wanted to place emphasis on don't believe in promises which seem impossible, they conjured up this very old expression.
And it is advice I have heard all my life and abide by. It is especially popular when young people start to date.
'Stay true to yourself, you are not perfect but no one is, but like everyone else you are unique and perfect in your own way, cherish your originality, you will find out later in life that it is the most valuable thing you own...' My Grandmum told me so many years back and she was right:)
My dad told me to "never piss into the wind." Every now and then I forget to follow his sage advice...with embarassing results.
There are so many valuable lessons from my childhood, from Dad teaching me to be systematic and to listen to wise advice to following Mother about as she accomplished all her chores and her good deeds and yet she still found time for her creative pursuits.
But this one incident stands out and may be one of the most important. Its lessons have seen me through many circumstances which might otherwise have defeated my spirit or could even have made me sad and bitter.
I was 7 and had an accident which shattered my right leg which was in a huge cast. I was on our back porch watching my playmates across the alley, running, jumping rope, riding bikes , playing hide & seek, generally just having fun doing all the things I couldn't do. There I was, stranded and yelling at the top of my voice for them to come play with me, but of course, that was the very last thing any of them wanted to do, to abandon their active fun on a glorious warm day to play with a 'cripple' yelling at them! But I just kept yelling and feeling sorry for myself, not knowing what else to do.
Mother stepped out of the house to see what the matter was and quickly took in the situation. Then she suggested something that I've never forgotten all these years. She suggested that I get busy making something fun and interesting myself, and then maybe the kids would wonder what I was up to and might even come over to find out. If not, she assured me, I'd still be doing something fun and interesting, instead of yelling myself hoarse to no avail.
What a wise woman. I followed her suggestion and started a little project. I tore apart an empty wooden Kraft cheese box, and broke the sides into slats, which I fastened together with brads, then designed patterns on them with Crayolas to make a colorful snake! I was so busy finishing it, I barely notice that some of the kids had come over to see was so absorbing! They noticed & commented; & though they didn't linger long, it taught me to take responsibility for my own happiness, which can then be shared with others who are interested. I learned that I need never be lonely, stranded, bored or helpless.
When I was a child, I was told that Money Can't Buy Happiness, and I still believe it wholeheartedly.
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