Quite an interesting advice – that one. I have been re-reading all my old Readers’ Digests (again..Yes), and recently came across this wonderful set of nuggets of Wisdom, that a father wrote to his son who was leaving for college. They are so easy to do, yet so profound in thought. It’s written by H. Jackson Brown in the “Life’s Little Instruction Book”. Who can resist falling in love with instructions that tells you to “Call Mom”. It was in the July 1994 edition of RD.
So I was wondering if I were to give instructions to my little sister, what would I tell her? Here’s my own “Life’s Little Instructions” for my little princess..My true Joie-de-vivre.
- Wake up early. You will be surprised how good you feel and you will accomplish much more.
- Patience is a virtue. Indeed it is. Don’t lose it.
- It takes wisdom to do the right things. Takes courage to right the wrongs. Takes serenity to accept what you cannot change. Pray for these.
- Say graces before every meal.
- Play with a baby.
- Never underestimate the power of good sleep, healthy food and good exercise.
- Hate is a strong emotion. It burns you more than the person it is directed at.
- Forgiveness is divine. More importantly, it cleanses your soul.
- Family comes first. Michael Corleon wasn’t wrong then, he isn’t now.
- We are defined by how we treat people. Be nice to salespeople, thank your cabbie after every ride.
- Spend less than you earn. Always. Never spend in anticipation that you will earn more.
- Donate some money to your favorite cause every month/year.
- Always remember – you wear clothes, not the other way round.
- Don’t be afraid to admit your mistakes. It makes you a bigger person.
- Pray – Everyday.