These are the ten things I have told, then asked (as they got older 🙂 ), my children always to observe, or to be aware of:
- Everything, no exceptions — good, bad or indifferent — represents a way to be closer to God. It’s up to us to figure out how that is.
- I love you more than I’ll ever be able to tell you. I’ll never tire of trying to tell you though.
- You don’t have to do the same stupid things I did when I was your age. I’ll always be open about the dumb things I did, so you can avoid them.
- I’ll always tell you why I tell you something. Or, I’ll tell you I don’t know why, and I’ll get back to you. I’ll never say to you, “Because I said so.“
- Ladies first.
- One person is like no other person. Ever. Never lose sight of that.
- The Golden Rule!!!
- I know more than you, and I’ll always know more than you, because I’ll always be older than you. Learn from my perspectives so that you can have a better life than I’ve had. So you can be a better person than I’ve been. Do this with other older people when I’m gone. Never stop doing this. Tell your kids.
- I’ll never lie to you. You should expect this from all other people, but, realistically, you cannot. Therefore, always trust others … but verify (h/t: Ronald Reagan)
- See # 1.