Advice From A Six Year Old
At home, there’s a mirror in my office. Every morning, before I leave the house, I use it to make sure my tie is straight, and to make sure I don’t have any shaving cream on my face.
Because I always look in this mirror in the morning, it makes a good place to post my New Year's
Resolutions. Seeing them every day is a constant reminder of my goals for the year, what I’ve accomplished and what goals remain on the list.
Gus, my son, saw my list of New Year's Resolutions and decided to make his own list. He wrote his goals on a piece of paper, and then he placed them on the mirror next to my resolutions. After reading them, I thought they were pretty good resolutions for all of us as well. Gus' resolutions for this year are:
1. Be Good
2. Love everyone
4. Get Sleep
5. Be Nice
Life is pretty simple for a six-year old, isn’t it.
Sleep, eat, play, and go to school.
As children, we learn from our parents, teachers, siblings, and friends. We learn simple but profound rules for life. We learn that, if we follow our parents' rules, then we are rewarded with candy or cartoons or toys. As a parent, I am constantly reminding myself to teach my children valuable life lessons to ensure they become responsible adults. But I sometimes forget that children have good lessons to teach us, too. I am adopting five more resolutions to my goals for this year.
And here's the eleventh resolution I am going to adopt in my life: Listen to the wisdom of children.
Sometimes the best things in life really do come in small packages.
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