Over almost six years of writing this column, I’ve been promoting the efforts of organizations and individuals who are making a difference here in the Mid-South and sharing many life lessons, philanthropic trends and tactics, and bits of advice along the way. This week, I thought it might be fun to go a new direction and turn the lens on you, as readers and friends. Since the holidays are here and it’s a time to focus on family, I put this question out on Facebook, “What’s some of the best advice you’ve received from your parents?” Below are some of my favorite responses; and since I received so many, I’ll feature a few more next week, as well. Enjoy!
Bonnie Maready: “My parents always said a day spent without learning something valuable was a wasted day.”
Alys Drake: “My father taught me how to accept a compliment. Instead of being embarrassed or brushing it off, he said to look them in the eye and say ‘Thank you very much.’”
Sarah Bynum: “My Mom taught me the importance of writing thank you notes - to thank someone for a gift, to thank them for an opportunity or an experience, to thank them for participating in an activity or just to thank them for being special. It's a small gesture that goes a long way.”
Eric Mathews: “My parents told me that ‘Your house can be taken away, your car, any possession, and even your business. What can never be taken away is your education.’"
Chris Chastain: “When I was young, it was a warning from my Dad. While I was in college, it (helped) keep me out of trouble when he couldn't be there. As I grow older, it makes sense across so many different situations – ‘Nothing good happens after midnight!’"
CJ Kirkland: “This, courtesy of my dad Reginald Smith: always ask the name of the person with whom I am interacting, particularly those in the service industry (waitress, concierge, etc.) In subsequent interactions with this person, address them by their name. He taught me that everyone is to be treated with respect and dignity and addressing them by name, rather than an impersonal pronoun, is fundamental.”