As I was growing up, my parents offered few words/phrases/mantras to live by. Telling the truth, cleaning your plate, honoring your grandparents, valuing your family; those were values that were taken for granted and need not be spoken. Ah, but there were other lessons to learn, less obvious to some parents but not mine. Over the coming weeks I will examine each of them, what the words meant to them, how I interpreted these pearls of wisdom and how my own communication patterns emerged as a result.
- You can do anything for three months.
- Suffer for beauty.
- Never say you can’t do something. Say yes and then work like crazy to make it true.
- Earn your place at the table.
- If you aren’t going to show up big don’t show up at all.
- Buy American.
- In every relationship somebody has to be the hero.
- If you can’t laugh about it, god damn it, then you are in for one helluva long life.
- What do you want to eat?
Words of wisdom and how they affect our communication for years to come. Don't be shy, tell me what pearls of wisdom made an impact on your communication style?