Reflecting on the recent death of Andy Griffith, it came to light ten life lessons I learned from watching the show. These lessons were slowing and unconsciously ingrained in me and shaped the way I navigate through life.
1. Enjoy your occupation. No matter what you do for a living, respect is earned not demanded. If you have respect your job is a lot easier.
2. As with Earnest T Bass: Sometimes you have to do something crazy to get a girls attention.
3. If you work with anyone who is incompetent, cover their mistakes and let them take credit. It will benefit you in the long run.
4. Everyone has an Otis in their life. When they get drunk the first reaction is not to punish them but to keep them safe. Addiction is a disease not necessarily a crime.
5. Life is too short not to stop whatever you’re doing to play a little bluegrass.
6. Everyday can be a holiday, if you only sell moonshine on holidays and special occasions.
7. It’s hard to be single parent, even if you have an Aunt Bea.
8. Whenever serious crime hits you, first thing is to protect the ones you love.
9. Whenever your children mess up, make it a teaching moment.
10. Families should make eating together a top priority. It’s around the table values are formed, problems are solved, and information is shared. Not on Facebook.
Can you imagine what our world would look like if we had more Mayberry and less Jersey Shores?