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Lifeís Little Instructions


Believe in love at first sight.

Volunteer Ė sometimes the jobs no one wants conceal big opportunities.

Overpay good babysitters.

Discipline with a gentle hand.

Never laugh at anyoneís dreams.

Never drive while holding a cup of hot coffee between your knees.

Never be the first to break a family tradition.

Donít judge people by their relatives.

Talk slow, but think quick.

Remember the 3 Rís: respect for self, respect for others, responsibility for all your actions.

Plant zucchini only if you have lots of friends.

Donít overlook lifeís small joys while searching for the big ones.

Every so often, invite the person in line behind you to go ahead of you.

Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

Steer clear of any place that has a ďLadies WelcomeĒ sign in the window.

Always put something in the collection plate.

Do the right thing, regardless of what others think.

Never wash a car, mow a yard or select a Christmas tree after dark.

Donít confuse comfort with happiness.

Donít confuse wealth with success.

Be the first to forgive.

Check for toilet paper before sitting down.

Donít stop the parade to pick up a dime.

Be an original, if that means being a little eccentric, so be it.

Open your arms to change but donít let go of your values.

Everyone deserves a birthday cake.

Never celebrate a birthday without one.

When you say, ďI love you,Ē mean it.

When you say, ďIím sorry,Ē look the person in the eye.

Win without boasting. Lose without excuses.

Read more books.

Watch less TV.

Every so often let your spirit of adventure triumph over good sense.

Trust in God but lock your car.

Donít let weeds grow around your dreams.

Never sell your teddy bear, letter sweater or high school yearbooks at a garage sale. Youíll regret it later.

Accept a breath mint if someone offers you one.

Donít eat any meatloaf but your Momís.

Learn the rules. Then break some.

Always try the house dressing.

Never swap your integrity for money, power or fame.

Never be ashamed of honest tears.

Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

When friends offer to help, let them.

Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

Follow your own star. Remember the ones who love you.

Go home for the holidays.

Donít get too big for your britches.


Copyright © 2010 Tim Stouse
Last modified: December 10, 2010
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