Reflecting back on your time which was spent as a student, what were the lessons you learned in school that you never forgot. These in particular were instructions that stuck with you and shaped who you are today. This is why no one should drop out of school – you must have at the least 12 years to form the basic structure of your life; and, if you don’t have this education – then doors of opportunity do not open that might have. Following are lessons that are still with me today. If you have any that you would like to share, please use the comment section.
One of my lessons was – I was a day-dreamer in class. Instead of listening attentively, I was dreaming about my life after graduation and what I wanted to do with my life. One day, my teacher asked me to stay after class and discussed my attention in class and what I was thinking about. I explained to her and she agreed that was well and good; but, listening attentively is an invaluable skill. Her explanation was that every person you meet you should try to pick up some bit of knowledge from that person because if you don’t you would have lost some precious time and left with nothing.
Another lesson taught early on was being prepared in class and completing your homework. Our teacher was big on current events and each week we were given a pamphlet which was called, “Current Events.” On Fridays, we were expected to have read this little pamphlet and be ready to be called on in the event you were selected. I studied these articles and was called upon on a number of occasions and I knew exactly what to say. This taught me to be organized and to always be prepared.
The one thing I learned within our family is not to be difficult and cooperate. I was the youngest of my siblings and found out early on cooperating to achieve anything worked more than bucking the system. Even if you don’t like the person you are dealing with in order to achieve a goal everyone needs to cooperate. Punishment seemed to be the order of the day if cooperation was not achieved. It did not take me very long to recognized which one worked.
In a large family, you learn very early that you “never interrupt anyone who is speaking” – especially if the person you are interrupting likes to give detention.
Always try to be a positive person in your attitude and especially maintain a sense of wonder at the world. It is your oyster, the sky is the limit, and the limits placed on you is yourself. You build your own attitude and it shows every day and every hour. Miracles happen every day all around us – don’t ever stop marveling that these are miracles.
Whether – good or bad – always find a way to appreciate every person who has walked through your life because they have affected you in some way and have left their mark.
Remain true to yourself by always treating people like ladies and gentlemen even if you are only boys and girls. If you treat people in this fashion then that treatment will be returned; and, if not, you can say always call them out and say – hey, did you leave your manners at home today?
The basic structure of society is being able to read, write, and perform your mathematical skills (add, subtract, multiply, and divide). If you happened to miss some of these – you must receive some extra help – nothing is wrong with asking for help. If you have these basics, you are on your way – the rest of life is built around this structure.
You have to learn how to balance a checkbook and follow a budget and know exactly where you are spending your money and be knowledgeable how much things cost. And penmanship, how important is this? Penmanship will pay off because your handwriting does make a difference.
Last but not the least is – giving back to the world. A lot of people balk at performing community service. – volunteering should be a part of every education. As we all know, it is a gift to others – and yourself.
And, in the end when you reflect at how you walked through life, the hard part and the easy part, you can thank your lucky stars that you took the high road instead of the low road by being prepared and learning from your mistakes.