Do you remember that game you used to play in first grade where everyone would sit in a circle and the teacher would whisper something in the ear of one child and then that child would pass on the secret to the person next to them, and so on and so forth?
It starts something like “The purple dog jumped over the slow, yellow cat.”
And then by the time every child has interpreted the simple little riddle and it gets back to the teacher, it ends up something like “The beautiful unicorn bought a mansion to live with the handsome golden lion.”
It’s funny, isn’t it, how things get misconstrued?
It’s funny how those children trust their friends to keep the message the way they passed it on, but it doesn’t always work out that way.
I think adults forget the simple lessons we learn as children.
Here are some of the basics.
1. Treat others the way you’d like to be treated.
2. Readily forgive because there will always be a time where you yourself will need forgiveness.
3. Respect others’ personal space.
4. Mind Your Own Business.
6. Idle hands are the devil’s playground.
7. You are no better than anyone else.
8. If you wouldn’t say it someone’s face, don’t say it at all.
Here are some lessons that they should probably teach you sooner but that I’ve learned you really only figured out once you’ve messed them up.
1. Get to know people before you trust them. Access their integrity before entrusting personal information to them.
2. Forgiveness isn’t subjectable. Either you do it or you don’t.
3. Move on. Life is too short to idle in hate, resentment or anger. Just pack up your stuff and move forward.
4. Just because you wouldn’t do it yourself, doesn’t mean you should judge others who do.
5. Everyone is different. It’s okay.
6. Have an open mind.
7. It’s okay to decide not to like someone. Assuming other people care why you don’t like them is your real mistake.
Someone once said this to me and I thought it was snarky but true and funny:
You should always Walk a mile in a person's shoes before you make a judgement about someone. If you still don’t like them, great, because now you are a mile away from them AND you have their shoes.
See? Simple as that.
I think that if you’ve messed up in life and truly made mistakes that you would take back if you could, you have a chance to become a more rounded, compassionate person.
That being said, I want to go forward in life being the kid who tries hard not to confuse the message about that happy little unicorn. In fact, I probably would just ask to color instead of playing that silly little game. Why is it my business what that lion and unicorn are doing anyway?
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