I spoke with my mother last night. As usual, she was concerned about my well-being, especially concerning the strange weather patterns we are experiencing in the Midwest. "How cold is it?" she asked. "If you stand outside for more than five minutes, you get frostbite," I answered.
The average length of time our six pound Chihuahua needs to do her business in the summertime is about seven minutes. Good thing she adapted. Yep. She's keeping things simple – every morning she shaves another ten seconds off the clock. That's what my mother taught me. You figure out how much time you have to accomplish a task and then you do it in the time allotted. Here are some lessons I learned from my mother about keeping things simple:
- You don't need a Facebook account to have solid relationships.
- No matter how many times you fall down, you can recover in time to have a quality retirement.
- Credit cards are for people who want to stay poor all their lives.
- Every choice you make has rewards and consequences. Decide in advance if you want rewards or consequences.
- Complaining is not allowed. It doesn't do anything to change the consequences.
- Prayers are free and they lead to simple solutions.
- Mean people take up too much personal space. Avoid mean people.
- Forgiveness is free and it restores peace in your household.
- If you want to avoid a sunburn or frostbite, make sure you don't stay outside too long.
- If you feed your children, they will have food for a day; if you teach your children how to fish, they will have food for life. Teach them how to fish.