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Thursday, September 04, 2008

A few things I've learned...

...in the last twenty-eight years.

Say please and thank you, even to strangers.

Don't scrimp on car or renter's insurance. Get full coverage.

If a family member needs you, you go.

Kindness will always get you further than cruelty.

If it's important, send it certified US Mail.

Anything work related can wait.

Look at people when they talk to you.

Respect other people's boundaries, even if you don't share them.

You teach people how to treat you. Teach them to treat you fairly and with respect or no one else will.

Call ahead before you fly.

Everything has a silver lining and if it doesn't, make your own.

Fake it 'til you make it, baby.

Do not grocery shop on Sundays. The stores are way too crowded.

There is absolutely no reason to be purposefully mean to anyone.

Excuses are unnacceptable.

Don't wait for people to change. Move on. They'll come with you or they won't.

Happiness is a choice.

Always let your cookies cool for five minutes on a cookie sheet before moving them to a rack.

Back up your hard drive every three months.

Yelling or screaming is not cool. Or necessary.

When people show you who they are, believe them.

Voting is a priviledge AND a right.

There are two types of people in the world: those who send thank you cards and those who don't.

You don't have to use a baby voice to talk to a toddler.

Invest the max percent of your paycheck into your 401k as soon as you enroll. Especially if your company will match it.

There is always a way.

Have an opinion, but don't offer it unless you are asked for it. Especially about politics.

Read every day. Your vocabulary will double as you see words used in context.

There you have it. That's one thing I've learned for every year I've been on this earth.

Please feel free to share your wisdom, too.

6 comments:

S said...

These are great! I've learned a few of things, too, along the way--though none of them spring to mind as I'm writing this! ;-)

JenBun said...

You've learned a ton of wise things worth sharing... keep learning!

(and Happy Birthday?)

Cunning_Linguist said...

Don't let anybody ever "shouldn't" on you. Or worse, don't do it to yourself. There's no good reason why you can't. If another human being has done so, then so can you. If they havn't.... then you can be the first and blaze the trail. Fear nothing, this is not a dress rehearsal last I checked. You only go around once. But if you do it right, once would be enough. ;)

Colleen Snell said...

Genius! My favorite:

There are two types of people in the world: those who send thank you cards and those who don't.

Absolutely. And I am proudly in the first bunch.

sam said...

"Happiness is a choice" I love this one. Every morning when you wake up, you have a decision to make, you can be happy or you can be sad and make everybody around you miserable. I choose happiness!

Random Esquire said...

I think this one is true: "You teach people how to treat you. Teach them to treat you fairly and with respect or no one else will."

Ones I've learned:

When people show you who they are, believe them the first time. (Almost exactly like yours!)

The less tolerant you are of dishonesty, the more tolerant you must be of human frailty.

Spend your money on things that can not be taken away from you - like an education, piano lessons, travel, etc.