Every Monday, Kasey at All That Is Good has a post called Friend Making Monday. The idea for today’s post is to list the best advice you have ever received.
I don’t know that I’ve ever had an “ah-ha” moment where someone dispensed advice and I took it. You know, the kind of advice where the rain stopped, the clouds parted, and the scales fell from my eyes.
Trust me, I am a giant pain in the ass, and I certainly have had loved ones try to help me by passing on their words of wisdom. I think that advice regarding the big, important stuff was like drops of water on a stone… eventually it left a mark, it just took a long time. (I am half Italian, half Good ‘Ole Texan…. oh the stubbornness!)
That being said, I can’t point to one particular moment, one specific pearl of wisdom, but I have been given many little bits of advice that make a difference. And that is advice I give to my kids: that the little things add up and they are important. God is in the details.
1. Please and thank you go furthest within your own household.
2. When packing a lunch with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, put a thin smear of peanut butter down first on the jelly “side” of the bread. It keeps the jelly from seeping through and making the sandwich soggy.
3. It is never too early to speak to your kids as if they have adult conversation skills. They’re little sponges who can absorb absolutely not just as easily as no! They will have better vocabularies as adults.
4. A sense of humor and faith in God will get you through anything.
5. If you make your bed right away, you get more done throughout the day.
6. You can love your kids and have days (or weeks) when you don’t like them, but eventually you will like them again. (This primarily applies to those of us with teenagers…)
7. Always keep your gas-tank filled and emergency supplies and a good pair of walking shoes in your car.
8. Never, ever get so low on toilet paper that you run out. Oh, and the paper needs to come forward over the top of the roll… not down the back, against the wall. (Not advice I received, but simply the right way to do it. I just know.) (And I now have my OCD tendencies under control enough that I don’t “fix” the rolls that are wrong at other people’s houses…)
9. Know how to cook at least one thing really well.
10. Don’t lie and don’t suffer people who lie to you.
These little things have made life more enjoyable and less hectic.
It is also comforting to know that if for some crazy reason I did run out of TP in the middle of the night, I could drive to the store with a full tank of gas and laugh while doing it.