One day I decided to write some lessons I learned to pass on to my daughters. The list got a little too long for one blog, so I am dividing it up into two parts. Wisdom from experience cannot be taught in a classroom, but it should still be passed on whenever possible. Here goes:
I want to tell you the main lessons I have learned in life and I would be curious to know how many of them you have learned so far. Some of these were instilled in me by my mother and father and other things I have learned on my own.
Always be honest and truthful. If you are, you won’t have to have a good memory, like you do if you chose to lie. Lies and being dishonest destroy people’s trust and confidence in you. Once a trust is broken, and it only takes a second, it will take a very long time, if ever. to rebuild. Surround yourself with honest, genuine people, like yourselves, so you will not be hurt.
If you love someone, tell them. Life is short, tragedies happen, and you never know if you will see or talk to someone you love again. You should never be afraid to say those three little words whenever you have the chance. You will never regret saying them too often, but you may regret not saying them when you had the chance.
Get a good education. That is something you should instill in your children from the moment they can understand you. You should never stop learning. Even though you may need a break from school after graduating college, you should consider going back and advancing to the next level at some point. You are both extremely bright and you are able to attain higher levels in your education, if you want to do that. In fact, I think it would be a shame if you both didn’t.
Always do your best, whatever you do. Anything you do, you should give it your all. If you do things half way, you will be perceived as someone who performs in a mediocre way, and then that becomes part of who you are and what people expect of you.
Don’t take loved ones for granted. None of us knows how long we will have the people we love in our lives. It will be easier to accept their leaving if we know we did not take them for granted when we had the opportunity to tell them and show them how much we appreciate them as often as possible.
Spend time with your children and, if you can, be a stay at home mom or work part time. Children grow up in the blink of an eye. You don’t want to miss out on their milestones or their first few years. You want to be the one to raise them and teach them, hug them and kiss them, make memories with them. It's not very long until they will be starting kindergarten, and then if you want to add more hours to work you will be able to. I did not miss work for one second. If I had gone back to work I would have regretted not being there with you.
Say “I’m sorry” or “I was wrong” when you are. You will feel better and it will prevent any situation from getting worse and stop hurt feelings and anger from festering. Do it as soon as possible. It makes you the bigger person and you can stop dwelling on the issue and move on.
Stay Tuned For Part 2 of Life Lessons Learned Tomorrow!