Tales on Tuesdays by the Bard of the South

Tales on Tuesdays by the Bard of the South: March 8, 2022

                        You, who are on the road / Must have a code that you can live by—Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young

Every Tuesday, in my blog and on my Facebook pages, you will find one of my tales that I hope will feed your imagination, inspire you to discover and develop the greatness I believe is in you, to make you think, and to nudge you to create something personal, beautiful, and important in some way. A tale is defined as,  a fictitious or true narrative or story, especially one that is imaginatively presented. This is my first tale, written with a nod to NCIS character Jethro Gibbs, who after years of life and career experience developed a code to live and work by. I decided to post of few of my own rules that are important to me. I hope to collect enough of these rules to create a book eventually. Let me know what you think,

Pittman’s Rules

  1. Do the hard things first.
  2. Be the last to believe gossip about a friend and not the first.
  3. Give people space and privacy after a tragedy, especially when a family member dies. You don’t need to know all the details. If they want you to know, they will share it with you.
  4. Nothing changes unless you do something different.
  5. When you do something wrong and are confronted, admit it. Do not lie or place blame on others, Be a man and admit your error and face the consequences.
  6. Learn from Confucius. He believed in these principles:
    a.Devotion to family and friends
    b.Love and benevolence for humanity
    c.Reverence and respect for ancestors. (This is described incorrectly and negatively by Westerners as “Ancestor Worship.”)
    d.Education, cultivation, and discipline of the mind.
    e. Government should be the servant not the master of the people.
    f.Men should think for themselves and stand up for what is right.
    g.The elderly should be treated with honor and respect.
    h. Men should be gentlemen, civilized, and demonstrate integrity. A person should be judged according to his or her own abilities and not by noble birth or government position.