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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Worth pondering

I’ve seen the following list all over the internet so I’m not sure who to give credit to for coming up with this.  I wanted to share it because, even though most of us know this stuff, it never hurts to read it again and spend a bit of time thinking about these things.  Life is usually way too hurried daily to give much of this list any thought.  Thank you to the someone who put this together.

Life Lessons and Advice from an 80-Year-Old Man

1.  Have a Firm handshake.

2.  Look People in the eye.

3.  Sing in the shower.

  1. Own a great stereo system.

  1. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.

  1. Keep secrets.

  1. Never give up on anybody.  Miracles happen everyday.

  1. Always accept an outstretched hand.

  1. Be brave.  Even if you’re not, pretend to be.  No one can tell the difference.

  1.  Whistle.

  1.  Avoid sarcastic remarks.

  1.  Choose your life’s mate carefully.  From this one decision will come 90 percent of all your happiness or misery.

  1.  Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.

  1.  Lend only those books you never care to see again.

  1.  Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.

  1.  When playing games with children, let them win.

  1.  Give people a second chance, but not a third.

  1.  Be romantic.

  1.  Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

  1.  Loosen up.  Relax.  Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.

  1.  Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments.  It’s there for our convenience, not the caller’s.

  1.  Be a good loser.

  1.  Be a good winner.

  1.  Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.

  1.  When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.

  1.  Be modest.  A lot was accomplished before you were born.

  1.  Keep it simple.

  1.  Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.

  1.  Don’t burn bridges.  You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.

  1.  Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets.

  1.  Be bold and courageous.  When you look back on life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.

  1.  Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.

  1.  Remember no one makes it alone.  Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.

  1.  Take charge of your attitude.  Don’t let someone else choose it for you.

  1.  Visit friends and relatives when they’re in the hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.

  1.  Begin each day with some of your favorite music.

  1.  Once in a while, take the scenic route.

  1.  Send a lot of Valentine cards.  Sign them, ‘Someone who thinks you’re terrific.’

  1.  Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.

  1.  Keep a notepad and pencil on your bedside table.  Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.

  1.  Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.

  1.  Send your loved ones flowers.  Think of a reason later.

  1.  Make someone’s day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.

  1.  Become someone’s hero.

  1.  Marry only for love.

  1.  Count your blessings.

  1.  Compliment the meal when you’re a guest in someone’s home.

  1.  Wave at the children on a school bus.

  1.  Remember that 80 percent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.

  1.  Don’t expect life to be fair.


  1. This would be a good checklist to keep on the fridge!

    1. Carol,

      You're right! There are some good things on here that most of us know, but sometimes we need a reminder.

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.


  2. Replies
    1. Thanks, Liz. I thought it was worthy of a read through. Thanks for reading.


  3. So much advice here indeed!


    1. Yes, Betty. Some of this is very good advice. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment.


  4. I like lists and this one has some gems in it.

    1. DG,

      I agree there are some gems indeed. Thank you for stopping by.


  5. I love it! What a great list. I want to have it somewhere visible, so that I can see it and be reminded every day. ;D Thank you Sunni!

    1. Vashti,

      I feel the same way and think I may print it and put it on my office wall.

      Thank you for commenting, my friend.



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