Advise with Consent – Attitude and Perspective II

June 8, 2009 at 9:14 pm Leave a comment

Group One 076  Smile – nobody likes a grouch; be thoughtful of others; and remember, today is the day you worried about yesterday, and see, you got through it!  And at those times when it feels like you can’t make it through something, remember that you are not alone – God is with you and loves you; lean on Him.  (38)

             Define the greatest, most lasting goal for your life and then pursue it every day. (31)

             Develop the three Rs:  Respect, resourcefulness, and responsibility.  (48)

Character Development and Ethics

             Never commit to something and then fail to do it.  If you say you are going to do something, do it – don’t vacillate or procrastinate.  (3)

             Have a firm grasp of your values and core beliefs.  Then you will be well equipped to be true to yourself; stand firmly for what you believe in; not allow “the crowd” to define who you are or determine your path; and be who you were meant to be.  (7)

             Follow the Golden Rule and be responsible for your own actions:  Pray about all things.  Think carefully before you act, and consider all possible outcomes of your decision.  (42)

Family Life and Extended Family Connections

             Have meals together.  It’s the perfect time to teach good manners and model good nutrition habits – one bite of green bean per sitting, if necessary.  (20)

Finances and Material Security

             Be thrifty and economical – save all along the way for retirement.  Age happens to everyone!  Be prepared.  (1)

             If you remain conservative and goal-oriented, it becomes easier to take care of your needs first, and your wants last.  (4)

Health and Wellness

             From a retired M.D. and family practitioner…Nurture a love of exercise.  It’s fun and it keeps your body feeling good.  Like a runner’s high, it relieves stress and helps you love life.  A comfortable body is usually a well-exercised body.  The opposite is also true.  When you know how to exercise and do it regularly, you can act as your own personal trainer, physical therapist, and chiropractor to relieve the back and neck pains we all get sooner or later.  Exercise keeps you thin and healthy, but mostly it is just fun.  Leon Eldridge said, “If I’d known I was going to live so long, I’d have taken better care of myself.”  (16)

Marriage and Relationships

            Don’t get married too young.  Go to school, work, save, and get yourself established first.  Marriage and kids can follow – with less strain on the relationship.  (1)

             I always told my second graders that if you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all – which meant no teasing or bullying.  This practice enhances the quality of all relationships – school, work, interpersonal.  (2)

Parenting and Child Development

            Always set a premium on honesty.  As parents, do not pretend to be perfect, but be loving and open, and admit to your own errors; use them as an object lesson to demonstrate the consequences that attach to poor choices and wrong actions. (17)

            If at all possible, stay at home with your children until they go to school.  I still get tears in my eyes when thinking of how I missed those years with my two boys.  (22)

Politics

            Avoid single-issue political decisions.  (15)

Personal Growth

             Get as much education as you possibly can – at a carefully chosen institution; join a church, attend regularly, and be active, that way you will have a spiritual family you can go to when you need their support.  (50) 

Religion and Spiritual Well-Being

            Put God first, and be very watchful for the salvation of your soul, for heaven will be our eventual home.  (And remember that a church that tells you what you want to hear is probably not telling you what you need to hear.)  The next priorities should be family and home life, and being productive in the workplace.  (4)

Self-Respect and Integrity

            Be problem solvers, not problem makers.  (40)

Values

             The things that matter most in life are your faith, family, and friends.  How successful you are in raising your children depends not on our schools, churches, or government, but on what happens inside your home.  The home is a child’s first classroom and the parents are the teachers.  You are their role models, and you mold them for life.

            As parents we are to motivate our children spiritually, physically, and emotionally, for they will be our legacy.  BUT the most important thing a parent can do for a child is to send them away from home secure in Christ, knowing that they have been set apart and equipped to withstand all the pressures and demands of everyday life. 

            Choose this day whom you will serve.  Each individual will make their own choices in life, but it is our choices that determine our destiny.  (17)

 Work Life 

            Choose a career that you are good at and enjoy, and you’ll never “work” a day in your life.  (15) 

             Whether your work is manual or professional, unskilled or skilled:  Do your best willingly, and be dependable.  As in all areas of life, don’t do anything that will bring shame to your name.  (38)

 

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