Tuesday, July 9, 2013


By Terry Orr

In my early teens, my Dad said about making mistakes, “they are ok, just try to learn from them and keep from making them again”.  Decades later, I still believe that was good advice and have attempted to practice and share it each day of my life.

Growing up in Missouri in the 50’s and early 60’s trusting others was easy –sure there were shady characters – but for the most part – folks were honesty and trustworthy.  I still practice that trait – just a little more cautious with all schemers and crooks (remember – in Washington, DC is full of them).

Teamwork was something learned at a very early age.  The sooner we got our chores and task done for the day – the sooner we could go outside and play.  This was within our home and neighborhood.  Our folks taught us about helping others, especially the elderly and those who really needed help.  Mowing and raking the grass, fall cleanup, snow removal, or anything else that was needed.  We were not paid for these things – just the right thing to do.

Respecting all God’s creatures – even spiders and snakes – as they all have a purpose in the life.  Granny taught us this very early in life.  We would go on trips and learn about people, nature, differences in other locations in America, and how to take care of ourselves.

An important life lesson was recently discovered about three years ago while doing some research for a blog article regarding Native Americans. The Ten Native American Commandments (there are more than one version – but this one truly struck home.)
  1. Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect.
  2. Remain close to the Great Spirit, in all that you do.
  3. Show great respect for your fellow beings.
  4. Work together for the benefit of all Mankind.
  5. Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.
  6. Do what you know to be right.
  7. Look after the well being of mind and body.
  8. Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good.
  9. Be truthful and honest at all times.
  10. Take full responsibility for your actions

These are the founding principles my Granny taught me all those years ago and ones that I have attempted to follow.

Life lesson for all of us married guys – remember these great words “If mama isn’t happy – no one it happy.”
 (Photos from Google) 

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