In the past, I’ve shared some “life lessons” I learned from my father, my mom, and others along the way.
It seems nearly everyone has something good to share. This is if you ask, and are patient long enough to really listen.
The response to those letters has been gratifying, to say the least.
It’s nice to know that advice from my dad can touch someone who’s probably never met him (and likely never will).
But that doesn’t make it any less powerful.
So today, I thought I’d round up another batch of sound lessons I’ve learned along the way.
Hopefully as you look out at the week ahead and beyond, they’ll find a place in your daily life, as they have mine.
Let’s get started…
“It doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.”
I came to this as a response to my grandmother, who was notorious for saying, “There’s only one thing wrong with it.”
It is a running joke in my family. She could find the flaw in anything. Tough way to live.
But really, is anything perfect?
Stop focusing on the imperfections, and focus on how something works for you, in this time, at this place, in your life.
It could be just what you really want, or truly need. Or it could be good enough, and that’s still pretty good, most of the time.
“Have you ever seen a cat’s skeleton in a tree?”
In old movies, you often see the neighborhood scramble and even the fire department show up to fetch a cat who’s ambled up a tree and can’t get down.
But really… most problems aren’t what we’ve made them out to be. That cat will come down on its own eventually (probably).
In other words, have some perspective and don’t freak out.
“If there was a ‘right way’ to raise a child, everyone would do it the same.”
Substitute “be married” for “raise a child” and it still applies. You need to figure these things out on your own, and discover what works for you.
The best advice for new parents (and newlyweds) is to ignore most of what people tell you.
And finally, one of my favorite pieces of advice, one I use daily…
“Take a breath.”
When you find yourself in a stressful moment, pause.
It may be the best shot you have to avoid saying or doing something you might regret. It could be the best way to diffuse a situation, calm an argument, or help you make a wise decision.
And it’s the best way to appear cool as a cucumber, and smart in any situation.
Sometimes I need that kind of advice more than others.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.