Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Rules to Live By

Got this in an email and thought that it was worth sharing.  Make sure that you visit my shop and see what I do with my time when I'm not blogging.

Subject: 20 Rules to live (from the morning paper)

1-- Bring your sense of humor with you at all times...Invite friends with a sense of humor, too.  Keep this in mind in going to hospitals, weight loss centers,
and funerals, as well as going to work, coming home--waking up or going to sleep.

2--If it's worth crying over, it's worth laughing over. Keep a perspective that allows you to see the wider and longer view--
    The very things that is upsetting, might one day become a terrific story.

3--People don't really care what you are wearing!!

4--If you're a woman, don't be a sissy.  It's okay for girls, but behaving like a simpering whimpering, fretful adult is unacceptable, no matter what your gender is. 
  If you're anxious, scared and feeling powerless, you don't need to change your "behavior", You need to change your LIFE.

5--Never lie.  Cheat the devil--tell the Truth.

6--There is one exception to the above.  Never say a baby looks like a sausage wearing a hat--the parents will never forgive you.
    Sometimes a situation makes telling the truth not wholly necessary....To ease the pain, just say "The Baby looks happy"

7--Never use a passive voice or say "It will get done".----Just say, "I'll do it" and offer a deadline, and be sure to make the deadline..

8--No peak is ever safe.  Only plateaus offer a place to rest.  Are you ready to stay on a plateau or are you climbing??
    Decide and pack your bags accordingly.

9--LOVE changes as we age.  When we are young we fall for an unattainable ideal.  When we are old, we fall in love:  "Sure he has only one eye in the middle of his forehead,"
  -----"BUT he never forgets my birthday."

10-  Power is the ability to persuade stupid people to do intelligent things, and intelligent people to do stupid things.  This is why "Power" is dangerous.

11-Sherlock Holmes said.. "Work is the best antidote to sorrow, my dear Watson".. Listen to Mr. Holmes.

12- We all want short cuts to weight loss, Love, and prosperity---not necessarily in that order.  But apart from being born into an adoring family,
 getting good genes, and inheriting acres of mineral rights---there are no shortcuts.  We all have to WORK at it.

13--Help 'the dramatically self-pitying' to understand that they are not, by definition, sympathetic or interesting.
    Encourage them to address topics other than themselves

14--Be Kind--not Nice.   Kindness is both intentional and meaningful. Acts of Kindness require generosity, emotional and  otherwise. 
  Perfunctory and superficial Niceness is, too often, mere window-dressing.

15--Poor workers blame their tools.  It's not the fault of the computer, the school, the train, the government or poor cell phone
reception....Take Responsibility.

16--You know how there are times when you think you're asleep---half listening to TV or conversation---only to discover you were
unconscious???  One part of your head will swear it's awake, but when you snap out of it, you realize you were wholly elsewhere?   Sometimes that happens in life..
Sometimes the only way you know you are truly in love, in the wrong profession, being a moron at parties or a great poet---is when you Snap Out of It.

17--You can always Stop what you are doing.

18--You should either be doing something useful or you should be playing.
      You should not be thinking about playing while you're at work, or thinking about Work, while you are out having fun.
      Compartmentalizing your Life is not inevitably a bad thing.
      It's easy to waste pleasure by feeling guilty and waste potentially effective time by feeling resentful.

19--Be aware that a safety net, if pulled too tight, easily turns into a noose.
      Don't trade independence for security without being aware of the consequences.

20-- Some day, you will die.  Until that day, you should do everything possible to enjoy life.