life lessons
Encouragement/Self-Help

5 Lessons My Parents Taught Me – Part 1

Recently, I was having a conversation with my daughter about my childhood. As I reminisced about my early years, I thought about all the valuable lessons that my parents taught me. God has truly blessed me with wonderful parents. So, today  I am going to share some of the life lessons that they taught me with you. Hopefully you will find some of them helpful.

  • Life isn’t going to be easy. My father preached this to us almost daily when we were growing up. Oh how I hated whenever he said that! However, now that I am older, I appreciate the fact that he taught us to expect challenges in life. So, we learned not to be surprised when life gets hard. Instead, we learned to figure out how to navigate through the difficulties.
  • Don’t covet other people’s things; be satisfied with what you have. My parents taught us not to envy other people because we don’t know their story. You never know what someone else has been through to get to where they are. So rather than begrudging them for their possessions, work for what you want.
  • The pen is a very powerful tool; it is mightier than the sword. Have you ever been in a situation where you were unfairly treated? For sure you have, we all have. It is tempting to become angry and lash out inappropriately. Unfortunately, this often only makes things worse. Instead, what my mother taught us so well, was to use the power of your words, by picking up your pen (or your email), finding the person who can rectify the situation, clearly stating your case and outlining what remedy you are seeking. This works and works exceptionally well.
  • Don’t lend money you can’t afford to give away. If you lend money that you can’t afford to give away, you will become resentful if the borrower doesn’t repay you. This can ruin relationships. So, if you agree to loan money, consider it a gift and that will remove any anxiety you might feel about whether or not you will get your money back. I learned this the hard way when I was in my early twenties. I loaned money to a friend, who didn’t pay it back, despite promising to do so on multiple occasions. It ruined our friendship.
  • Don’t jump to conclusions; get all the facts before taking action. I remember coming home from school and telling my mother that a teacher was picking on me. Her first words were, “are you sure you aren’t misunderstanding?” That made me so mad because I wanted her to take my side, but instead she wanted to have a full understanding of the situation before commenting.  Now that I am older, I really appreciate that approach. It taught me to be objective because there are always two sides to every story and everyone’s perception is different.

These are just a few of the many valuable lessons I learned from my parents. There are many more that I will share in the future and I hope that you will find them useful. Good luck.

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Carolyn
December 12, 2021 at 7:57 pm

Valuable lessons indeed👍🏼👍🏼



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