Be good

My mom and stepdad used to remind me of that every time I left the house, they’d say “be good.”

It was sort of a throwaway line, but now it’s come to mean something a lot more to me, and when I have kids, I may just use the same line, but give them a bit of context.

First, what does it mean to “be good?”

We all sort of have an inherent notion of what it means: to treat others as we want to be treated, to not hassle anyone, to  avoid unnecessary danger etc.

But maybe as adults, we sometimes need a reminder to “be good” as we leave the house.

Someone’s rude to us in traffic, but we’re being good so it doesn’t matter, you know what to do.

Someone at your office is being treated unfairly, saying something might risk your own job, but you’re being good so it doesn’t matter, you know what to do.

Some guy in line at the convenience store forgets his wallet, but you’re being good so it doesn’t matter, you know what to do.

With two words, “be good” you sort of have a mantra to remind you of a guiding principle that will make your life infinitely better.

If you just “be good” in as many situations as possible (we all falter) your life begins to improve more and more.

Super simple to understand, super hard to act on without consistent practice.

Thanks Mom and Dennis.



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