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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

What (most of) Our Mother's Taught Us and other thoughts from a student lounge

Whether you're going through a grocery store or casually talking to people you encounter during the day, this thought may enter your head: "Who raised you??"  Believe me, I have a laundry list of people that make me wonder that.  One thing I do know, is who didn't raise them, my mom.  A lot of my stories and analagies are grounded in lessons learned on the field or in a yoga room... Just hit me that the roots of it all were founded much earlier.


Treat people as you want to be treated.
 - The granddaddy of them all.  if we all did (treat people as we want to be treated) we wouldn't have issues w respect and decency.  There would be far less "drama," and issues would be resolved much faster, and again, w more respect.

Do your chores.
 - aka, handle your business.  Be responsible and do what needs to be done, as well as it can be done.

If you cant say something nice...
 - ...don't say it at all.  Again, grounded in kindness, decency and respect.  

Be nice to your brother and sister.
 - literally and figuratively.  

"P" before you leave the house.
 - Be Prepared.

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In sharing some thoughts and feelings, I wondered "sometimes I feel like Russell Crowe from a Beautiful Mind... Like I believe in this crazy idea of a world that doesn't really exist here."
They said "that's true, you do."
But it didn't help me feel better, it actually hurt my faith in our childhood belief that the right and good will always win vs the wrong and evil.
Troubled by the distinct lines of separation.
All we can do is create our own atmosphere and hope others enjoy their time in it while it lasts.