Okay, my grandpa wasn’t actually Confucius. My grandpa was simply like Confucius: frequently instilling memorable life lessons and bestowing wisdom, but in unconventional and humorous ways. Here are a few of the many insightful lessons I learned from conversations with my grandpa during my childhood:
Lesson #1- Don’t bother them, and they won’t bother you.
Me: “Grandpa, I don’t want to go play outside. There’s a bee nest!”
Grandpa: “Never mind. If you don’t bother the bees, they won’t bother you.”
Me: “But Grandpa, they were chasing me, and my brother got stung already!”
Grandpa: “What did I say? Don’t bother them, and they won’t bother you. Of course your brother got stung. He was probably shooting at the nest again with his BB gun, and being a jackass.”
Nothing good comes from being a jackass
Lesson #2- Be glad for what you have, it could be worse.
Me: “Grandpa, you always call me by a weird nickname. What does it mean?”
Grandpa: “Nothing, really. It’s one of the sounds you used to make when you were a baby. Not from your mouth. From your diaper. You farted a lot.”
Me: “You nicknamed me after a fart? So, what does my brother’s nickname mean?”
Grandpa: “Stupid head. Now just be glad for what you have. It could be worse.”
Lesson #3- Learn to listen.
Grandpa: “Buddha once said ‘Learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will…’”
Me (interrupting): “Wait, I don’t get it. What does that mean?”
Grandpa: “It means you need to shut up and listen. Here I am trying to tell you something important, and you’re too busy talking and asking questions.”
What life lesson(s) did you learn from your family?