I'm swiping another idea from a friend's blog today. A fellow knitter, Ann, is always posting a Tuesday Ten in her blog. Here's my version.
Ten things I believe:
1) There is, generally, more wisdom to be found books that used to be written for children than in books written today for adults. For evidence, I point to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Anne of Green Gables and Little Women.
2) The power of single words or simple sentences is far too often underestimated. They have more ability to create and destroy than anything else I can think of.
3) If you hurt someone, it is your responsibility to try and make amends somehow. The idea of relying on a deity or some other external figure to fix it is just passing the buck.
4) The practice of genderizing colors, music, activities, literature, etc., is really abhorrent.
5) Lennon was right. All we really do need is love. Starting with oneself is the hardest but most important step in that.
6) No one ever made better fried chicken than Gladys McGuire and no one ever will.
7) Someone who treats animals and children with disdain is someone who is damaged inside. Everyone doesn't have to love all animals or want to be a parent but basic kindness should always be able to extend itself to the smallest among us.
8) Everyone should read to their children. Every day, if possible. Even when they've become strong readers themselves.
9) The truest families are the ones we create for ourselves.
10) Most adults don't play enough. I will always have to acknowledge the wisdom of regressing to childhood and playing periodically. It feeds us just as nature, the beauty of music, art, and literature do.