Side Note: I was quite surprised at the reactions of some of my friends when they found out I saw the Duggars. I understand that the Duggars live an "extreme" lifestyle (why else would they be on TV?) with 19 children, homeschooling, a family orchestra & choir, and very conservative Christian beliefs. Some consider these to be negative characteristics, but they are raising their children to be honest, dependable, caring, and respectful members of society, & I really don't think they deserve prejudice or ridicule, especially from those who generally consider themselves to be "tolerant" members of society.
Anyways, the Duggars have embraced many values into their lifestyle that are generally great practices. I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting a load of life lessons from a fundraiser. I was expecting to meet some minor celebrities, but instead got challenged to be more purposeful about things in my life.
- Praise people 10 times as much as you criticize or correct them.
- Use your given skills & talents to help & support other people.
- Make your family a priority.
- Take pride in your work.
- Turn off the TV (yes, they own one for DVDs) and spend some time investing in relationships with people.
- Be patient with your money. Don't rush to buy something, especially on credit. Be sure you can afford something & its associated costs before buying. And relax about it. Life will really be okay if you don't have that thing RIGHT NOW.
- Be patient with your love relationships. People jump into a lot without considering all the angles of a relationship.
- Be patient with your life decisions. If you're of the religious bend, pray about it. If you're not of the religious bend, spend some peaceful time thinking about it (or try praying about it & see how it goes?)
And turns out you can learn something from everyone. :)