My great-grandmother had a mantra that she followed unwaveringly, “It is in poor taste to express an opinion about politics or religion unless asked.” However, Great-Grammy didn’t live in the age of social media where we all have a personal soapbox with the preconceived notion that everyone else wants to hear what we have to say. Great Gram would be appalled at the behavior, language, and rudeness that is considered the norm nowadays. Things have changed over the years, and subjects open to debate are a lot more acceptable than back in the day. I personally like my friends much better when I don’t know their political proclivities. In turn, I tend to keep my political opinions to myself unless it’s an open-minded and civil conversation that does not degrade to name-calling or demeaning attitudes. As far as religion, I’m happy to discuss it when it’s brought up, but I prefer to spend more time trying to live it (note, the key word is trying because I often fall short).
I’m more of the let’s-discuss-life kind of person. On that subject, I have a few opinions/observations that I’ll share with you:
Success has absolutely nothing to do with salary and material belongings and everything to do with how much love we have in our lives.
There is absolutely nothing my child can do that would make me stop loving her, stop talking to her, or going out of my way to see her.
Vanity, self-centeredness, and superficiality might be of benefit when a person is young, but it is a firm foundation for loneliness, dissatisfaction, and a hollow heart when old.
Sometimes we make sacrifices for others, put ourselves last, and delay our wants until the future. It’s usually either out of love for somebody else or simply because we are grownups.We can’t control the actions of another, but we can point out they are heading toward a brick wall. They may hit the wall running at full force anyway. Saying, “I told you so,” accomplishes nothing. Being there to provide a bandage for their hard, bleeding head goes a long way in making the wall a valuable life lesson.
Those are only some of the hard-knock life lessons I’ve learned. I’m open to other words of wisdom and life lesson advice, because I certainly don’t have a corner on the market and I still have a lot to learn.
I am curious, though, what do you think of my Great-Grammy’s philosophy about freely giving unsolicited opinions on religion and politics?