Kids, I’ve been giving this a bit of thought and, for better or worse, here are Grandad’s 10-ish, roughly nine and a half, COMMANDMENTS!
Actually, they’re not so much Commandments, more, like advice or a guide for you to reflect on or simply ignore, I’ll leave it up to you.
Frankly, I’m not here to tell you what to do, and sometimes the best way to learn is through your own big, stupid mistakes… which is pretty much how I’ve come up with the following:
Treat others how you’d like to be treated. My take on The Golden Rule, which most folk credit Jesus for coming up with during His Sermon on the Mount: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” But He was basically paraphrasing many previous wise folk from practically every ancient civilisation from the Tamils, Persians, Egyptians, Indians and Greeks who’d come up with numerous variations of this Golden Rule. Of course, this didn’t stop them from trying to annihilate each other, and everyone else around them, over the centuries. In fact it still hasn’t, but, we live in hope.
Speaking of which: Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. This is why we carry spare tyres in our cars, learn self-defence, exercise, eat well, buy insurance and pay taxes to maintain a Defence Force.
Don’t Judge Others. Kids, nobody is perfect (not even me which may come as something of a surprise to you). We all have our faults. So, the only time it’s good to look down on someone else is when you’re helping them up.
Better to be known as an honest fool than a liar, cheat or thief. There’s a lot of talk around right now about ‘Your Personal Brand’, but this is just another term for ‘Reputation’. Whether you’re rich or poor, your reputation is Golden. Can people trust you, believe you or rely on you? Make each word, or decision, count, don’t let your gold slip through your fingers or fall out of your mouth (so to speak 🙂 ).
Avoid killing or hurting anything, unless it is for food or you are attacked. I’m big on this one. Life, all life, is precious. Think carefully before you harm anything. This is why Grandad often goes fishing and comes home empty handed… well, one of the reasons.
Everything has a price, make sure you want to, or can, pay it. Whether it’s refusing to learn something new, trying a new skill, buying a house, getting into a relationship, watching another marathon movie event instead of exercising, over-exercising, whatever, everything comes with a price, think hard before committing yourself, and,
Buy the best quality you can afford. No point going into hock over your head to buy a dream car or house if you can’t afford to service or insure it. And just because something is cheap doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bargain. I’ll write more about this later on. Next!
Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. You might be a world champ at banging your head against a wall, eating large blocks of cheese in one sitting, napping for 8 hours a day, or avoiding doing homework, drinking booze or whatever, but not for long. Ask yourself first: is doing ‘insert activity here‘ good for, or helping, me or others?
If it has to be, then it’s up to me. Sometimes, you have to do the heavy lifting, make the first move, beat a path for others to follow, lead by example, or just do the damn dishes without being nagged 😉
Movement is Medicine. Kids, try to move everyday. Do some pushups, go for a walk, kick a ball, ride your bike, play frisbee, run to feel the wind in your hair or dig in the garden. Trust me, you’ll feel better mentally, emotionally and physically.
In fact, get out there and do something right now… I’ll be here when you get back.