Last week we shared reader responses to the question, “What’s some of the best advice you’ve received from your parents?” Below are more of my favorites.
Carina Washington: “Go with your gut feeling. Even though something might seem good (accepting a good paying job for example) or seem like a bad idea (like accepting a really low paying job) whichever one FEELS right in your gut, pick that one. That is where you will thrive.”
Tamara Cook: “‘It won't always be like this.’ My Mom's favorite saying when times were tough. Her meaning was ‘do your best and you will get through this day for tomorrow will be better.’"
Laura Fenton: “‘Above all else, be kind.’ Kindness doesn't have to cost you any money, extra time or effort…Saying thank you, and meaning it, is priceless. You never know how much the small amount of kindness you give may make someone's day brighter.”
Daphne Large: "Honesty is always the best policy."
Jean Shepard: “My Mother taught us to never go to bed mad! Regardless how volatile the disagreement, we always made up before bedtime.”
Chad Gilbert: “…My parents always stressed taking pride in hard work. As a kid, whether it was washing a car, mowing a yard or doing some other odd job, they always made sure that I realized ‘It's better to do it right than to do it twice.’”
Marie Pizano: “From my Dad, ‘Kid, what works for me might not work for you…it's not all about love...it's what you can handle.’"
Jason Hills: “The best advice I have received from my parents is that everything that has happened and is happening to them will also happen to me. As a younger man, I was reluctant to think that my life would follow similar paths. The older I get, the more I realize the truth of this--and the more I wish to impart the same truth to my children.”
Roscoe Bufkin: “Song and laughter….‘Do you sing because you are happy, or are you happy because you sing?’ I realized that my parents programmed me for the latter. They programed me to set my tone every day and in every way I could...regardless of how strenuous or imperfect things may be or get…”
Glenda Hastings: "Don't ever hesitate to ask for what you want. The worst thing you will hear is, 'No.' And, the other thing that goes along with that is - don't ever be afraid of what you don't know and never feel like you have to have all of the answers. Seek out those who have more knowledge and get their advice. It will always save time and probably money."