I was sitting at my favorite bar talking to the bartender. He is taking some college courses right now so I asked him how he was liking it, “It’s boring” “Why do I have to take these basic english and business math classes again that I took in high school?” So I ask what his major is, “General Business”. I’ll take another beer and here’s my advice to you.
Learn the basics. The three R’s; Reading, Riting and Rithmatic. (maybe our elected politicians should be tested on the basics….)
These things you will carry throughout your life. You are giving me change back from my bar tab, learn how to count it backwards without the use of a computer. You need to add four beers to my tab, how much is that? I would like to leave a 20% tip, would you add that on my bill please. Are you able to read the pamphlet of information on the drugs you about to take? Can you write down directions for me? Now I know that there are other things or lessons that we should learn, that will enhance our lives. But let’s be honest here and say we need these everything tools first. These MUST be in ingrained in our memory first.
Acquire some skills. Everyone one of us has the ability to learn some type of skill. What skills do you possess? Maybe you are mechanically inclined and like to take things apart and put them together (mechanic, engineer, carpenter, welder, chef ). In today’s world it is so easy to learn a new skill, all you need to do is YouTube it and someone has made a video showing you how to do it. (See where learning the basics comes in handy here).
Have Faith. You need to have faith, trust and love. Have faith that you already possess all of these, you were born with them. All you need to do is find them. Have faith in your family that they are raising you the best they know how. Have trust in your teachers and leaders that they are doing the best they can for you. Love your family, your friends, your neighbors and even love those you hate to the best of your ability. What I mean is not to seek revenge but extend a hand when they need help. For most of our kind acts we do not need to exchange words, our works will suffice and send a more significant message of love, faith and trust to those who need it.
That’s my advice – take it for what it’s worth. I’ll take another in honor of my brother.