3. Thank God for your blessings – Blessings always included family, a roof over our heads, and food on the table. Once when I was in church with my grandma pastor said, “When what you have becomes enough, you will have more.” I later asked my gram what it meant, she simply replied, “Be happy with what you have! You are a child of God, that is enough.”
4. Always wear clean underwear – This was literal advice, with no hidden meaning. But I’d like to think that like the book entitled, “Always wear clean underwear, and other ways parents say I love you,” was gram’s way of looking out for me and showing her enduring love.
5. Always be proud of your roots – It does matter where you come from because it’s how you learn what to give the world. It what we learn from your family. I can still hear my grandma saying, “Be part of the solution, not the problem.” It’s funny, but that’s exactly what I tell my team when they want to complain about a co-worker, or challenging project.
6. Learn from your mistakes or you’ll repeat them – When I goofed up, (and I’ve got a long list), I often turned to my grandma first, she always seemed to know the right thing to say to make me feel better. She’d say something like, “It’s going to be alright. I’ve done the same thing, it’ll get better, just learn from it, so you don’t have to do it again.”