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Ten things

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Hawkeye posted ten things that he wanted to pass on to his son-to-be. He challenged me to do the same. I took a bit of a different approach, but the following list is my short-list of things that I want my two sons to know. I give them bits of the long list every day (i.e. wash your hands a million times a day, make sure you remove eye gook before leaving the house in the morning...and so on). But here are the more important things that I want for them to know and learn:

1. Be your own person; don't let anyone or any group of people try to tell you who you are or who you should be.
2. Learn from the hardest experiences in your life; it's o.k. to fail some times. Use these experiences to move forward from.
3. Find your passion, work hard and follow your dreams to the ends of the earth.
4. Be compassionate towards your fellow humankind. Love your enemy. Hate serves no purpose.
5. Never work at the expense of your family. Spend time on who and what matters.
6. Don't take life too seriously; laugh and smile, have fun.
7. Serve a larger purpose; be active in volunteer organizations; take care of the environment, feed the hungry. The world is bigger than your being.
8. Explore the world; travel as much as you can; it is a wonderful and amazing place.
9. Be humble; arrogance will get you nothing more than people annoyed at you.
10. Never forget how much your parents love you; you are life itself.

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    That's very good! It reminded me of that song...don't forget to wear sunscreen. I know you will succeed in transmiting those things to them.

  1. Blogger sophie said:

    Oh Cathy - beautifully said and
    i am writing them in a journal
    i am making for the little people
    in my life:)

  1. Blogger Ben Heller said:

    Can't argue with any of those Cathy. They're perfect.

    You should have added
    11. If you meet an English man from Wolverhampton called Ben Heller, always buy him lots of beer.

  1. Blogger Chloe said:

    ahaha what Ben said, i am laughing so hard i might wake the 2 people in this house.

    i agree with all of these things. with the exception of nr. 6 my parents taught me all the other things and i am forever grateful. Nr. 6 i found out for myself.


  1. Blogger Greg Mills said:

    Kathy --

    Would like to add you to my blogroll.


  1. Blogger Hawkeye The Noo said:

    MMyabe I should add your ten to my ten, and list a top 20.


  1. Blogger DayByDay4-2Day said:

    Those are great things. I agree with you.

  1. Blogger PEA said:

    As a mother, the 10 things you chose to try to teach your sons are perfect!

  1. Blogger Connie and Rob said:

    If those darling boys follow their mother's advise they will be very wise.

    A perfect list, Cathy.


  1. Blogger HORIZON said:

    Thoughtful list- like the part that we are all part of something bigger. I can see that you care about what kind of men your boys become-the best kind of mother- lovely list & photo.
    Hugs dear friend
    ps- still enjoying the things you sent!
    Sam slept with the wee teddy last night too :)xx

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    Beautiful and perfect, 10x over :)

  1. Blogger holy chaos said:

    what a wonderful list!

  1. Blogger fb said:

    But he made the Babe cry or the Babe is about to cry!

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Thank you for your nice comments, as always!

    And don't worry, fb...he was not about to cry; he has this expression all the time; we call it his hound dog face...:)

  1. Blogger for_the_lonely said:

    How beautiful...what a great list! Your children are blessed to have such wonderful parents! :)

    I hope that you have a great weekend, Cathy!

    Love ya,

  1. Blogger Dr. Deborah Serani said:

    Wonderful sentiments to live by.

  1. Blogger ΠΡΕΖΑ TV said:


    An unprecedented case of censorship against www.blogme.gr, a search engine for Greek blogs, has provoked hue and cry in Greek blogs. The case was made known by an e-mail sent by the search engine's administrator, Mr. Andonis Tsipropoulos, to all listed members yesterday evening. By this e-mail the administrator informed members that a Greek public figure -whose name has not been disclosed as yet by Blogme.Gr- prosecuted the search engine for what he/she regarded as slander in one of its listed blogs! The administrator was arrested without prior notice last night at his residence. He spent the night behind bars and was taken today to the Distric Attorney wearing handcuffs. His company - funded by an unemployment subsidies' program - has been forced to suspend its operation. Mr. Tsipropoulos has in overall sustained great damage on a professional and personal level alike.

    In his e-mail, Mr. Tsipropoulos wrote: "This is the first time ever that a search engine - a site collecting information on the web - has been associated with the content of a web log and sued for it. Never before has an offended individual in a democratic country resorted to a lawsuit of this kind till this very day, with the exception of repressive regimes. Most recent examples are Singapore and China. However, even in these cases the lawsuits were against the blog administator, and not a blog directory that collects information such as Blogme. [...] As a result of this selective prosecution, Blogme has become the sole website collecting information that has sustained the implications of this action, among hundreds of similar search engines in the Greek and the World Wide Web, many of which display in different ways the contentious blog in their results." Mr. Tsipropoulos goes on saying that Blogme.Gr does not wish the prosecution of other search engines and that it does not pass an opinion on the blog in question or any other blog or web page content which it does not countersign. According to the Greek legislation, this case is directly associated with all that applies to the freedom of press and the information society in Greece.


    In Greece of 2006 we have the first sue against a site that (through rss) published some satirical posts (from a blog) about a famous person. You see, in my country WE ARE NOT FREE.
    The owner of the site was handcuffed and driven to prison for one night and now he is free until the day he testifies in court. His computer with all his work was taken away from the police and now we are all waiting for the court to decide.The site I am referring to :

    Excuse my bad English but this was the only way to inform all foreign bloggers that my country is not free anymore.
    Please tell everyone you know.

  1. Blogger Abhinav said:

    Well Said...and hats off to people who implement this in their lives.

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    Your kids are going to turn out alright. :)

  1. Blogger Berlinbound said:

    I’ve been making my list since His Holiness took his first breath. Don’t know if I can scale it down to ten, don’t know if it’s wise to leave him the list I already have … I never had a list myself and often I wish I did, or at least someone in my life who would think to write one …

  1. Blogger stephanie said:

    I hope they listen to their wise Mum!

    (I gave up waiting for comments to be fixed again!!!)

  1. Blogger Meow said:

    What a great list, Cathy. Wonderful, important things we all need to live by.
    HOpe you have a wonderful week.
    Take care, Meow

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