Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pithy Parenting

Your thoughts become your words;
Your words become your actions;
Your actions become your habits;
Your habits become your character;
Your character becomes your destiny.

Tell me something. Is it just me, or is this just great advice to give your teens and tweens? I don't know who said it originally, but I've found it very appropriate for two of my three children during that time period.

The other one got this Eleanor Roosevelt classic:

Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.


Anonymous said...

But no, I've heard it before too, I think.
Love the ER quote.

Lynne said...

Thoughts, your words they become, hmmmm? Yes.

That ER quote was just made for 13 year-old girls!

Kim said...

I don't know--but I'll find out it it's great advice in a year or two. Teenagers, here I come!

I think it's great advice in general. The part about habits and character reminds me of Aristotle.

"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."

HaynesBE said...

Mmmm. I like these. Think I'll pass them on.