Regina Brett, columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, recently published "45 Life Lessons and 5 to Grow On."
Several were note worthy, a few were inspired. Some I'd heard before and some I wish I'd thought of. But the bottom line – I thought they were valuable enough to cut out and discuss with my 15 year"knows everything and thinks school is keeping him from his life's work," song-writing, rock star (in his own mind) son.
"Here read these," I said to him – having visions of witnessing an epiphany before my eyes.
He reads them and then hands the paper back to me. "They are sappy," he says. "And frankly I don't think they are right."
"What is there to disagree with?" I ask.
Here is a sample of the life lessons:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
"I don't agree with #46," he tells me. Lord, talk about nit picking.
#46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
Too sappy? Don't agree?
Have you ever known someone who stubs their toe first thing in the morning and with that act decides it will be a terrible day and they actual predispose themselves to misery?
I say – embrace #46. Put on red or green or whatever your favorite color is – be thankful you made it through the night to be able to stub your toe and GET ON WITH IT.
Agree or disagree?