25 Things I've Learned from My Parents in 25 Years
December 25, 2012
1. Treat others how you would like to be treated, and always pay it forward.
"If you get, give. If you learn, teach."
2. You teach people how to treat you.
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
3. The way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time, so don't allow yourself to be
overwhelmed by any challenge life
may present you with or any dream you may wish to follow.
"It always seems impossible until is done."
4. You are whomever you hang out with.
(And try not to end sentences with prepositions unless absolutely necessary.)
"Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher."
5. Always be honest about everything, including who you are.
If you hope to be understood and accepted,
then learn to accept others for who they are as well.
“To be nobody-but-yourself -- in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you
everybody else -- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight;
and never stop fighting.”
6. Always humble yourself to apologize when you've been wrong,
and always be open to forgiving others who have wronged you.
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
7. The right thing to do is not only often the hardest thing to do
but also the only thing to do.
Always take the high road, even if you're the only person
who will ever know that you did.
"The measure of a man's character is what he would do
if he knew he would never be found out."
Thomas Babington Macauley
8. Always call people back and never burn bridges.
"Live in such a way that if anyone should speak badly of you, no one would believe it."
9. Give people second chances.
"When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves."
William Arthur Ward
10. Always be willing to look at yourself to see what you can improve,
and then take whatever steps are necessary in order to do so.
"Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have
little time to criticize others."
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
11. Take responsibility for your own actions.
"We are what we repeatedly do."
12. Never be afraid to speak up for others.
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies
but the silence of our friends."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
13. Trust in your own abilities, and never fall into the trap of believing
that being different is the same thing as being wrong.
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing it is stupid."
14. Follow what you love to do, and everything else will fall into place.
"Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.
It will not lead you astray."
15. True beauty comes from within.
"Everything is beautiful, but beautiful isn't everything."
16. Don't let fear of the future keep you from traveling down the right path.
"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
17. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,
so think ahead before you make a decision.
“Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn.
Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try.”
18. Always do your best to help those in need without any expectation of being repaid.
"Do small things with great love."
19. Education is not about landing a well-paying job;
it's about making you a well-rounded person.
Never stop wondering, learning, and growing.
"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.
Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
20. Ask other people questions about themselves and genuinely listen to their responses.
"The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass,
it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."
21. Always do your best to make other people feel
welcome and comfortable in any situation.
"People will forget what you said; people will forget what you did;
but people will never forget how you made them feel."
22. Don't be afraid to admit if you don't know the answer.
Never stop questioning what is true.
"The universe is wider than our views of it."
Henry David Thoreau
23. The most important things in life are the experiences
you share with the people you love.
"If you want your children to turn out well,
spend twice as much time with them and half as much money."
Abigail Van Buren
24. Think of others first, but know when to stand up for yourself.
"When you say 'yes' to others, make sure you are not saying 'no' to yourself."
25. Lead a balanced life by alternating between the big picture and the small picture.
It may not seem entirely normal to switch from laughter to tears
and then back to laughter again within minutes,
but it keeps you honest and makes life interesting.
"So, this is my life.
And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad
and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be."
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower