As a child I really appreciated all of the things that my parents taught me.  They did their best to ensure that they were sending a well-rounded quality human being out into the world.  They wanted me to understand that the best life you can have is one that is lived serving others.  My parents gave me room to make important decisions and good or bad, I understood they were mine.  Here is some of the wisdom my parents imparted in me.

  1.  Treat People that way you want to be treated.   Every day when you go into the world whether it’s on your job, to school, or out shopping you are going to interact with other people.  When you are interacting you should treat people the way you want to be treated.  If you see someone that needs a hand, don’t be afraid to help.  Imagine that person being your mother, father, brother or sister; wouldn’t you want someone to lend them a hand.
  2. Respect your elders.  Older people have a wealth of knowledge that they are more than willing to share with us, if only we would take heed.  Being rude or mistreating any person is bad but especially for our elders.  Just by virtue of their age they should be respected. 
  3. Clean up after yourself.  Nobody likes a messy person.  If you drop something on the ground, pick it up.  If you mess up dishes, clean them up.  If you get out of the bed, fix it.  I think you get the point.
  4. Get your education now.  Many people can attest to this one.  How many people do you know that messed around in school and later regretted it?  Those are the same adults filling many night time and online classrooms trying to get the education they didn’t get in their earlier years.  Getting your degree before you start a family and take on additional responsibilities helps you to be better prepared.  Education also provides you with the ability to be financially stable before such commitments. 
  5. Save your money.  Many people are finding themselves on the brink of financial ruin because they never took heed to this little piece of advice.  Paying yourself first is what my parents meant by saving your money.  That first piggy bank was the beginning of our parent’s attempt at showing us the importance of saving.
  6. Be a leader not a follower.  Be decisive in all that you do, don’t fall in line with others.  Your responsibility in life is to blaze your own trail and step out from among the crowd and stand for something.  That is what leaders do.  Be a leader.

My parents laid the foundation for me to become the person that I am today and I am grateful for that.  The pearls of wisdom that they provided to me can help anyone looking for some guidance and direction.  Feel free to use them and I hope they give you as much inspiration as they have given me.