Sunday, July 6, 2014

Real Life Lessons

There are those things that you learn in school and in books, but some of the most important lessons you will ever learn come from 'real life'. Don't get me wrong ... education teaches us a great deal, but so do the people we know and the observations we make. In today's world everything is about being faster and getting it done with the click of a button. Somewhere along the line people forgot how to do the most basic of tasks. The majority of people that I know do their banking online, yet very few take an actual paper receipt when they make a purchase, let alone take the time to balance their checking account at the end of the month. Call me old-fashioned but I still ask for a receipt and I still take the time to balance my accounts on paper. Guess I'm showing my age; although I can tell you that at least once every other month a tip doesn't get recorded on my bank statement which also means a waiter or waitress didn't get their well deserved tip. We generally eat at the same places so when that happens I always put that 'unrecorded' tip in an envelope and take it with me the next time I go. Apparently I'm in the minority because the wait staff are always most appreciative (and shocked).

Yes, some 'real life' lessons we learn by actually doing and practicing them. We need to remember how to at least write our names. Computers may be the norm these days, but guess what? You will still need to know cursive to sign your name on documents such as a mortgage and your marriage license. Not to mention what if you become famous and have a need to sign autographs?

What real life lessons have you held on to in spite of the rushing world and speedy Internet?

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