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What Would Atticus Do? Lessons from a man of fine character.

In Attitude, Movies on August 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm


I have just finished watching the movie To Kill A Mockingbird again. I never grow tired of watching it and never lose my awe at how Gregory Peck portrays Atticus Finch. Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird agreed,
“In that film, the man and the part met.” Harper Lee

These are some of the life lessons Atticus can teach us:

*Choose your battles with your children and with other people.

*Stand by your beliefs and stand up for what is right.
(On defending Tom Robinson) “For a number of reasons. The main one is that if I didn’t, I couldn’t hold my head up in town. I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do somethin’ again.”

*Don’t cause unneccesary embarrassment for others.

*React to anothers’ bad humour with compliments and kindness.

*Tell the truth. Give your children truthful answers when they ask a question.

*Teach your children to respect others, no matter their circumstances, and model that behaviour yourself.

*Be affectionate with your children.

*Read with your children. Read in your leisure time.

*Put yourself in other people’s shoes. Try to see things from their point of view.
” If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

*Don’t over-react.

*Try not to resort to physical violence.

*Practise eloquence. Have a command of language, speak clearly, passionately, when called for without undue raising of the voice and refrain from profanity.

If only we all could have the noble character and integrity of Atticus Finch. If only all children had the benefit of such a father figure.

What has Atticus taught you?

Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick by Molly Ringwald

In Attitude, Books on May 29, 2012 at 6:27 am


When Molly Ringwald, the actress famous for her roles in 80’s teen movies such as Pretty in Pink turned forty and became a mother she felt she had lost her ‘pretty’.

Molly writes, “What is pretty anyway? Not just beauty. It’s an attitude towards life, a frame of mind.”

Molly has written a book about redisovering or redefining the sense of self that brings the confidence necessary to be ‘pretty’. With chapters on style, love and friendship, food, exercise, and family and parenthood, she shares advice and personal annecdotes on acceptance and making the most of yourself and your life at any age.

Getting the Pretty Back is fun to read. It is informative, humourous and honest with cute illustrations, but I would have liked to have seen photos in the book to accompany the annecdotes, especially a picture of Molly in Paris, or a shot of her unsuccessful pixie haircut!

The hardest word

In Attitude on April 14, 2012 at 8:54 am

People believe that “sorry” is on of the hardest words to say- there is at least one song about it.
I was just thinking that “thank you” may be even harder, but may heal the soul more than hearing a well deserved “sorry”.

Thank you for firing me, now I can think about what I really want to do.
Thank you for leaving, I am finding my own strength.
Thank you for being hard to get along with,you are giving me many chances to practise patience and compassion- one day I will master it.
Thank you for the illness- I know what really matters now- and it isn’t money
Thank you for the endless messes,the bickering kids,the empty wallet- I will be sorry when this time is over.

If you need to hear “sorry” and it just doesn’t look like it is going to happen, try saying “thank you” until you feel better again.

Someone remind me to do this,O.K?
You are welcome to comment and some more “thank you’s”.

A new way to look at housework

In Attitude, House work on July 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm

How timely it is that I have come across this poem during the school holidays. It must be a divine reminder to me not to lose my cool over the sticky fingered fridge and crumb covered floors that the school holidays bring, not to mention the mountains of laundry and endless meals and snacks and the overflowing shopping trolley that comes with it.


I heard Mom say as she scrubbed today,

‘I’m thankful for brushes and brooms.
I’m glad to clean my cozy house
That’s filled with cheerful rooms.’

I heard Mom say at the washing machine,
‘I’m thankful for dirty clothes.
I’m glad that I have a healthy child
Who can play each day she grows.’

I heard Mom say at the sink tonight,
‘I’m thankful for dirty dishes.
I’m glad we filled our plates with food
Instead of empty wishes.’

I heard Mom say in her prayers tonight,
‘I’m thankful for problems today.
If life never got a little bit rough,
I might forget to pray.’ ”

Gilbert V. Beers

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