Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Wisdom from Grandpa

Things I've Learned In Life

Grandpa Smith shared these thoughts at the Family Fireside in Saint George 2005 family reunion. There were requests for him to share these again at the 2007 Family Fireside here in Calgary at the "Acreage."


Marriage is built on faithfulness, trust and the "soft answer." Avoid saying, "you always", "you never", "I always", "we never." A date night once a week (without the children) is needful. If you can't afford it just go window shopping.


Be who you are.
Be yourself, we don't have to be someone else.
We don't have to make a fashion or financial statement (car, house, clothes, etc.)
My mom and dad knew more than I gave them credit.
If you don't make your own decisions, your friends will make them for you
"Never make a decision that leaves you without a choice." (Cousin Lloyd Newton)


Budgeting is not a burden, but a freedom.
Debt is a slave, interest never sleeps (J. Reuben Clark)
It is easier to spend than to save.
How much you "save" on impulse buying is a myth.
Discipline and commitment are priorities in building an investment and a savings account.
Don't spend more than you earn. If you can't afford it, don't buy it.


A therapy, uplifting and a necessity.
Too much is drudgery.
Too little can be a disaster.


Need more kindness, more gentleness and more loving care.
May need more proper balance of work and play.

1 comment:

Jen said...


Thanks for keeping the blog alive! I'm so glad you posted those because I've been wanting to re read them again. I tried to write down what I could remember but I was definitely missing some golden nuggets.