Indie Business "Rules" For 2009
This morning, my 7-year old daughter Vanessa decided to record her "New 2009 Year Rules." I'm not sure where she got that terminology from, especially since I have always taught her that you don't have to wait for a new year to make positive changes. As she recorded her "rules" and taped them to the refrigerator door, I was fascinated with how she categorized her life, reasoning out loud about things she wants our family to strive for in 2009.
First, she divided her life into six neat compartments. Then, underneath each one, she wrote the "rules" she thought we should live by in 2009. I was astounded at how closely her "rules" resembled the New Year's Resolutions that are prepared by people far older than her. Pretty much everything on her list can help Indies have a better and more productive 2009. It's amazing what we can learn from children. I feel so blessed to have her perspective. It's transparent, innocent, grounding and brutally honest. Here's what she wrote, paraphrased a bit because her spelling is not the greatest yet.
Brooks (her brother) does recycles. Vanessa does trash. Mom does the dishes on certain days. Daddy does the dishes on other days.
More greens. Less other stuff. More fruits [spelled "frots" on her list].
No holding hands. Cover your mouth. Blow your nose.
Less TV. More exercise. Clean up your messes. Always wear shoes outside.
No nasty attitudes. Do what mommy and daddy say the first time they say it. No grumpy faces.
Get mini-van that you rent [we often rent a mini-van when we go on vacation]. Get the little movie TV for the trip. Vacuum. That's my rules.
Question: From the mouths of babes, right? What things have the children in your life said lately that have given you a new perspective on what's important and valuable in life?
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