Here are five things (there is a heap more, but I'll share five today) that I learned from my Dad. I am not always so good at practising them, but these principles of life are instilled in my brain:
The Good Lord hates a coward - He applies this phrase to almost anything in his life, from simply trying a new food to battling serious illness. I always think of this phrase when I am considering trying something new, and if you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I am not averse to putting myself out there once in a while.
If it's worth doing, it is worth doing well - My work ethic comes from my Dad. Everything he puts his hand to is done with his very best effort. He is an artisan, he can make a knife out of an old chisel and hone it until you can see your face in its reflection and you can slice a tomato with ease.
Be punctual - I am not always punctual now that I have children and a husband to gee up everytime we have to go somewhere, but generally I like to be punctual, and when I am not it really irks me.
Don't judge a book by its cover - Dad gives everyone the benefit of the doubt and takes them at face value. He never judges you by your looks or your circumstances, but by your character. I am not as good at this as he is, but I do remember to always reserve first impressions for later assessment.
Chew your food and eat a little of everything on your plate - This one is a very practical one. I chew thoroughly and I am the slowest eater I know, but I also don't usually suffer from digestive problems. I'm not sure what the theory behind eating a little of everything is, but perhaps it is about getting the variety of nutrients in you should you not be able to finish and also to avoid offending the chef. At any rate, this one is such a habit for me that at any given time, when I am eating, you will find and equal amount of each food left on my plate, right down to the last mouthfuls.
Those are the words of wisdom imparted to me by my dear Dad. What are the rules you live by as a result of someone else's influence?