I’ve been reading The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews so I started to follow him on Twitter.
One of his recent tweets really got me thinking. He asked a simple question: What advice would you give to your younger self?
I could come up with a pretty long list but here is a start:
Take Spanish all 4 years in high school. It’ll save you the time and frustration of having to take some in college.
Spend more time with your Grandparents. They’ll be gone sooner than you think.
While you’re at it have your Grandma show you how to make blackberry jam. Her’s was the best and you’ll never find a store bought kind that even comes close to tasting as good.
Save your Star Wars figures. You can sell them for some serious cash someday.
Practice the piano and don’t stop taking lessons. It’s a skill you can use the rest of your life.
Spend less time looking for a girlfriend and more time making friends. Girlfriends come and go but real friends won’t.
Try wearing contacts. You’ll like them. That way you won’t want to kick yourself when you eventually do at age 40.
Take risks. Take chances. It’s OK to fail at something as long as you try and you learn something from it.
When you’re at Church camp and you go on a night hike be sure and bring a flashlight. It will help you avoid stepping in a latrine.
Start saving money early. Make it a habit. You’ll thank me on this one later.
Those are just a few of my initial thoughts. I’m still thinking about the question a day after I read it.
So what about you? What advice would you give to your younger self?
I’ve already shared what I believe to be my best parenting tip… cooking with your kids. Cook with them enough times and they’ll start to get good and gain confidence. That’s when you’ll be rewarded for your efforts.
Yesterday, the weather in our area wasn’t the greatest. My wife had the day off, Church was cancelled, and we found ourselves with the opportunity for a lazy family Sunday.
While the rest of the family stayed in bed and got a good start on being lazy our oldest, age 12, took it upon herself to make the family breakfast. A real breakfast too. Pancakes, eggs, and sausage! It was a great start to the day.
The food looked and tasted wonderful. That wasn’t the best part, though. The best part was seeing the pride my daughter took in her accomplishment. She knew she had made everything all by herself without any input from Mom and Dad and it made her feel good about herself.
It also boosted her confidence in the kitchen. Can’t wait to see what she makes for the family next.
What’s the first meal your children made all by themselves?
This week I’ve been thinking about the power of two little words. They are “Thank You”. From an early age we’ve been taught that they are important and one of the keys to good manners.
Lately I’ve noticed that kids are better about saying “Thank You” than adults. Each week our Church hosts a night for school aged children to come have a light meal and have fun learning about Jesus and the Bible. They are always quick to say “Thank You” after receiving their tray of food.
What really got me thinking about this topic was something that happened at work this week. A coworker needed a big favor. They had an appointment later that day and needed my help on part of the presentation. In less than 2 hours I had everything they wanted wrapped up and sent off in an email.
Did I get an email back thanking me for the fast turn-around? No. Did they let me know how the meeting went and if my part of the presentation helped? No. Do you think I’ll be as quick to offer last minute help to them in the future. You guessed it! NO!
Now, juxtapose that with another thing that happened at our office this week. My boss had lunch catered in one day to say thank you for everyone’s hard work on a recent event. That was after sending out an email thanking everyone for their participation. Do you think I’ll go out of my way the next time he needs something from me? You bet! He’s proved he appreciates what I do.
These two events have heightened my awareness of the power of a heartfelt “Thank You”.
1 Thessalonians 5:18(NRSV)
“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
So thank YOU for taking time out of your day to read my blog. I really appreciate it. Is there anyone you need to thank today?