The Value of Family and Friends

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The Value of Family and Friends

This weekend we had a day in honour of my mother who passed away last fall.  My sisters had thought it was the right length of time to have after her passing to allow all of us siblings to come to accept and deal with mom’s death. I think they were right but that’s not what I wanted to share with you.

My mother was quite elderly when she died and she had outlived a lot of her friends (and a great many of her family as well.)  As a result, there were a lot of folks that attended that were children and grandchildren of mom’s original friends and that spoke volumes to me. Obviously that meant that she had a tremendous impact on not just her friends but also on the families of her friends.

That got me to thinking. What if I was to do things that were so powerful and so valuable as to influence entire families? How about change the outcomes of their lives or influence the schools that their children can attend? Sound far-fetched? I used to think so to but lately I have come across quite a cadre of folks that have been able to do just that. And they have made it clear to me and others that they aren’t anything special, just regular folks, like you and I.  And yes, they have told me that if they can do it so can I, or anyone else,  for that matter.

Sure, there’s work involved and a fair degree of discomfort at times and possibly even some criticism. But I did hear something today on how to deal with criticism and a fool-proof way to avoid it. And I want to share it with you.


Three Sure-Fire Ways To Avoid Criticism Of Any Kind Forever

1.      Say Nothing.

Well it’s true insofar as it’s difficult, if not downright impossible to criticize someone who says nothing at all. Also hard to communicate with them as well.


 2.      Do Nothing

Sort of like the old saying that if no one moves, no one gets  hurt.  Very true, although not entirely all that productive.  


3.      Become Nothing

This seems a natural progression to the above methods and if you follow them you’re almost guaranteed to be able to achieve this one.


Now while the above suggestions are made, tongue in cheek, they still illustrate a valid point. It’s not realistic to expect that you will be able to go throughout life without having someone criticize you for one reason or another. So the best thing you can do is to ’grow some skin’. In other words, toughen up.  If what you want to do is important enough to you then you have to be willing to be a little bit uncomfortable. There’s no way around it.

 After all, the people who criticize and point out to you all your shortcomings aren’t going to come to your funeral. And nor will their children.  But the people whose lives you change forever will. You can count on it. Have a good one.


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