In Others’ Words: Doing Well in the World
In my search for quotes this week, I stumbled across a link that featured quotes from children’s books. Quite a lot of fun, reading through the quotes and thinking, “Oh, I’ve read that book!” or “I didn’t realize that quote was from there!”
In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m big on knowing the origin of a quote, if at all possible.
But I digress.
I like the simplicity of today’s quote — and that it was tucked into a children’s book:
- Keep your promises.
- Don’t take what isn’t yours.
- Help others.
Good lessons for children to learn — and for adults to remember.
The first one, though, about keeping promises … sometimes I believe you have to amend that one. Keep all your promises … unless it was wrong for you to make that promise in the first place. Yes, I think we need to teach our children the proper way of making promises. Keep all your promises … unless doing so will cause harm to someone else or to you. Keep all your promises … unless you’re keeping a secret that needs to be told — again, because the secret is harmful. I’m all for surprises … but I’m not a huge fan of secrets.
In Your Words: What do you think about today’s list of three? Would you change it? Amend it? Teach it to children?