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December 27, 2004

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Mike

Jon,

How about "always express appreciation to the other person when THEY go out of their way to do something nice for you (even if it wasn't beneficial)"?

Mike

Aleah

I'd add

* Let some things slide, even if they are wrong - choose your battles.
* Spice things up just for fun, and completely out of the blue. That doesn't mean showing up at the door in plastic wrap, but don't be afraid to do something silly and wild
* Sometimes it is okay to be completely alone - you both need space on ocassion

Cheers!

Bren

Whoa! That's a good list, and impressive too! I think all I'd add would be to accept (embrace, even?) compromise. (kinda your #47, though)

fouro

Re: #29, Carpe comparis: Maintain your love for each other as the center of the family universe. Children learn balance and grow best orbiting you rather than vice versa. (Plastic wrap optional, but highly recommended as opportunity presents.)

fouro

Re: #29, Carpe comparis: Maintain your love for each other as the center of the family universe. Children learn balance and grow best orbiting you rather than vice versa. (Plastic wrap optional, but highly recommended as opportunity presents.)

Chuck Conway

Looks like Fouro was drinking a little when he posted his comment.. ;)

Great list Jon. I strive for your wisdom.

I really like this one: Lend a hand - it helps more than a voice

Chuck

Jon Strande

Wow, sorry it took me so long to comment on everyones great thoughts here... I had to run to the store and pick up some more plastic wrap... DOH!

Seriously, no wonder I like each of you so much, these are great thoughts.

Mike: yeah, when someone does something nice, it is far too easy to just accept it without expressing appreciation. I try to always thank people for even the smallest thing.

Aleah: plastic wrap, huh? Sweet! We'll have to chat offline about that one... LOL!! Seriously, I like all three but the one that is probably most commonly overlooked by most people is that being alone thing - I think some people can't handle it: they always need to be with someone else.

Bren: Compromise is SUPER important. It is something that I struggle with, along with most of the other items on the list. ;-)

Fouro: sage advice, and not just for kids. Everything should be secondary to the bond between the two.

Chuck: thank you! Not sure where the hand/voice one came from, but glad you liked it... and I don't know that you have much striving to do, most times I'm struggling to keep up with you!

Thank you all for the great comments - seriously!!

fouro

Hey Mike - Merry Christmas!

Not booze, Chuck. This saran wrap's hell to type through.

(Watch, I bet Typepad double posts my comment again...)

fouro

Hey Mike - Merry Christmas!

Not booze, Chuck. This saran wrap's hell to type through.

(Watch, I bet Typepad double posts my comment again...)

Aleah

The power of suggestion...tee hee. Perhaps I work for the plastic wrap monolith...

K. Todd Storch

I'm late on commenting as well, but thank you and great job!

My addition, with a healthy does of experience (from the wrong side...):
- Don't try to fix the problem before you listen with both ears and your heart. The person talking to you might only want you to listen.

Thanks Jon!

Todd

Jon Strande

Todd, yeah, that is a great advice!! Sometimes just being there is all that matters.

Jon

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