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English: Helen Keller. Français : Helen Keller.

English: Helen Keller. Français : Helen Keller. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Albert Einstein Français : portrait d...
English: Albert Einstein Français : portrait d’Albert Einstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

People can say the darnedest things.  Some peoples’ mouths should have a shut off valve which operates before they say hurtful things.  These are usually comments by people who think they know what they are talking about, but really don’t.  Not that I haven’t done this myself.  I used to make comments about peoples’ interior decorating abilities forgetting that while I didn’t like what they did, they probably did.

I have also been the victim of such comments.  Let me tell you it hurts.  A comment about my child rearing abilities was made when I was trying to corral a baby, a toddler, and a preschooler by myself.  What can you do if you see such a problem, offer help, not criticism.  Suggestions are also fair game.  If somebody is having a problem, it probably is because they don’t have a ready solution.  This is a good place for grandparents to concentrate their efforts instead of on fault finding.

Anybody can identify or create problems, but not everybody can solve them.  Who are the greatest people in the world?  Not the critics, but the problem solvers.  More of us could become problem solvers rather than critics if we would just focus on finding solutions and not on finding faults.  Albert EinsteinMother TeresaHelen Keller.  Gandhi.  How do you write your name in history?  By getting something done and by not constantly complaining that something isn’t done.

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