Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Shut Up and Listen to Grandma
Recently, I have heard all sorts of interesting philosophies on the economy, family, morals, ethics, hard work, etc... Some are of course way out there, sending me into peals of laughter but the ones that are considered the most amazing, the most ground breaking the most viable... are the same things I have heard my entire life.
Lessons learned at my grandma's knee...
hmmm let's see
1. pay yourself first. Now she wasn't talking 401K's or retirement they didn't have that then. No she meant take 10% of your income and put it into a savings account for a rainy day. Now I am horrible at this so I do make use of the 401K system to hold that 10%.. otherwise I would find a use for it.
2. give just a little bit more of yourself than you can afford. When it matters it will come back to you.
3. stand up for what you believe in, don't bow to peer pressure or trends.. they will move on with the winds of change only you remain the same..
4. quality of life is way better than quantity of life. Drive the same car for 10 or so years, live in the same house.. Yes it may seem to be too small but eventually it will be too big
5. keep learning, you are never too old to learn something new.. whether from a book or an education keep moving forward.
6. give back.. i know i said that earlier but it bears repeating.
7. live life like you were living (not like you were dying).. but always seek new adventures.
8. don't vote for the pretty one, vote for the one with the brains. research your candidates, find their histories.. what do they really believe in.
9. raise your children to understand that life is work. they don't get a free ride.. it is not your responsibility to put them through adulthood..
10. never say I can't... because as she would say.. You are an American and the last for letters of American spell I CAN... no kidding...
seriously, is there not a lesson in each of those statements.. have you not heard some of them formatted a bit differently but spouted by the new and "in" crowd? So all, maybe it is time to stop and listen to Grandma.. they it seems had a clue after all.