One day not too long ago..2 Australian mamas were sitting on a back deck, sipping wine.. and talking up all the oxygen available.. when the conversation turned to life lessons.. and what they thought were the ones that certainly and without doubt needed to be learned. The two teenage daughters of the 2 mamas were, in turn, amazed, amused, and repulsed, by the words of wisdom tumbling forth from the mamas' mouths. These are, in no particular order, those words.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

If someone you know is doing it tough, and you can afford it, anonymously drop a $20 Coles/Woolworths/Aldi card into their letterbox.  There are some things you do not need thanks for.  If $20 is too much for your budget, perhaps a loaf of bread or a bottle of milk?

At some stage in your life, work in a service industry: banking, health care, reception, waiting on tables.  Then you will learn two things:  how to treat staff in service industry and why people work in the service industry loathe the general public.

Occasionally in life, there are situations that call for a smug “I told you so”.  Occasionally.

You cannot make every situation right, no matter how hard you try, how much you want to or how unjust it is.  Still, you need to try.

Hard work is good for you.  However, hard work must be balanced by rest and relaxation.

There is no shame in having a few different careers in your life.  There is no shame in doing the same job from the time you leave school until you retire.  As long as you can look yourself in the mirror and say “I am happy”.

Do things that make you proud of who you are and what you do.  Once you no longer respect yourself and your actions, you need to change your behaviour.

Phone calls at 2am are never good, unless it is to tell us about a new baby or an engagement.  Those are great phone calls to make and receive.

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