I have been a father now for two years and my son amazes me on a daily basis. His wonder and excitement over the mundane inspire me to look closer at the legacy I need to leave for him to follow. He brings out the kid in me, as well as the philosopher and the sentimental schmuck. These ten easy to live by morals are things I must first strive for in myself before I can hope to see them in my son.
1. Tolerate the ignorant because they donâ€™t know any better.
Tolerance is word that normally pertains to race, creed or religion. But we must also tolerate the ignorant, who do not practice tolerance themselves
2. Money does not grow on trees, but opportunity does.
It takes hard work to make a good living and luck rarely has any thing to do with it. There are opportunities every where you look, all you have to do is seize them.
3. Respect your elders when they deserve it.
I am not always right and the generations before me are infamous for numerous mistakes. But by acknowledging them and teaching our children to be better than us is the only way we deserve their respect.
4. Donâ€™t be afraid to disappoint me, be more afraid to disappoint yourself.
There is nothing more powerful in life than self confidence. He will may make choices one day that I disagree with, but if they are honest choices that make him happy, I will be content with that.
5. If you have nothing productive to say, then keep it to yourself.
Constructive criticism is a very powerful tool when used with discretion. The right choice of words and a smile will most likely do the job.
6. Blood is not thicker than water and you can chose who your family is.
Regretfully, our families are not always there for us but we are all free to make our own definition of what a â€˜familyâ€™ is to each of us.
7. Boys donâ€™t cry, Men do.
Emotions help us feel alive and if we canâ€™t be in touch with them, then whatâ€™s the point.
8. Never hit a girl, even when she deserves it.
Using our strength against those weaker than us does not make us powerful, it makes us pussies.
9. Foul language is never appropriate but occasionally necessary.
â€œFuck you!â€ is far less effective than â€œYou make me sick.â€
10. Accept every one, even when every one may not accept you.
There will be many people in our lives that we disagree with but we should never try to change their mind. We can only live by example and hope for mutual respect.
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Copyright © 2010 Jesse Lee
Ten Morals Fathers Should Bestow Upon Their Sons
Copyright © 2010 Jesse Lee
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