This past weekend I was in Las Vegas for a Bar Mitzvah. The Bar Mitzvah boy’s dad is Rabbi Yitz Wyne – I traveled with him to Israel a couple years back. He hosts a radio program on Sunday mornings called The Rabbi Show. I was a guest on the show. We talked about a variety of things but one topic in particular sparked great conversation and an amazing amount of Facebook and Twitter comments. The topic: What lessons your parents taught you. I thought I would share the responses with you. And please feel free to add your thoughts, too.
Never be a quitter.
Tell the truth.
Live, love, laugh.
Respect yourself; respect others.
The importance of an education; and above all things, be honest to yourself.
Be honest to yourself, and be responsible for yourself.
If you are on time then you are late...show up 10 minutes early wherever you go.
It takes a lifetime to build trust and seconds to lose it.
Never judge a person before you know them.
Remember who you are and what you stand for.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
My dad always reminds me, "Remember who you belong to..."
Duck and cover.
You're the best and you can do anything you put your mind to.
Always wear clean underpants!
My dad always said life is toooo short to hang out with grumpy people who complain about work, not having enough material items, not enough money, and their relationships.
Be honest, family is always a priority.
Never go up or down the steps empty-handed.
My grandma taught me love.
My folks taught me self-reliance...and not to be afraid to make mistakes. If I did stumble along the way, they picked me up, brushed me off gave me a hug and pushed me onward.
To keep smiling, even if you don't feel like it! And all of the great values of growing up on a farm.
My parents taught me to treat people honestly, decently and honorably.
Perception is reality and the people you choose to hang round with speaks volumes
Don't sweat the small stuff. Smart is far more attractive than sexy (taking a blended approach on this while I'm still young). And don't act like you're "on stage" all the time.
Life's not fair so get over it.
That if someone really wanted to do something, they'd find the time to do it. That pride in your work is important.
Their experiences taught me that medicine is as much art as it is science; that quality of life is more important than quantity; that family is there for you when you need it; to manage my finances.
When you fall off the bike, get back on and ride again.
The importance of putting others before myself.
Believe in myself and in others … no matter what, give someone at least one chance.
You will get nowhere without education.
Mom always said "Give your children roots, but wings to fly."
Kill them with kindness.
You ARE the company you keep.
Always accept responsibility for your actions; be kind to everyone; give every job your best effort
Treat people how you want to be treated.
Be true to yourself.