Little Instructions for Life

Sing in the shower ● Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated ● Watch a sunrise at least once a year ● Leave the toilet seat in the down position ● Never refuse homemade brownies ● Strive for excellence, not perfection ● Plant a tree on your birthday
● Learn three clean jokes ● Return borrowed cars  with the gas tank full
● Never refuse a hug ● Compliment three people every day ● Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them ● eave everything a little better than you found it
● Keep it simple ● Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures ● Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know ● Floss your teeth ● Ask for a raise when you feel you’ve earned it ● Be forgiving for yourself and others ● Overtip breakfast waitresses
● Say “thank you” a lot ● Say “please” a lot ● Avoid negative people ● Buy whatever kids are selling on card tables in their front yards ● Wear polished shoes ● Remember other people’s birthday ● Commit yourself to constant improvement ● Give a friend a massage at least once a year ● Carry jumper cables in your trunk ● Have a firm handshake
● Send lots of valentine cards and sign them, “Someone who finds you terrific”
● Look people in the eye ● Be the first to say “Hello” ● Use the good silver
● Return all things you borrowed ● Make new friends but cherish the old ones
● Keep secrets ● Sing in a choir ● Plant flowers every spring ● Have a dog ● Always accept an outstretched hand ● Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life ● Wave at kinds on school busses ● Be there when people need you ● Feed a strangers expired parking meter ● Don’t expect life to be fair ● Never underestimate the power of love ● Drink champagne for no reason ● Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation ● Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know” ● Compliment even small improvements ● Keep your promises (no matter what) ● Marry only for love
● Rekindle old friendships ● Count your blessings ● Smile for no reason at all
● Call your mother ● Life’s precious moments don’t have value, unless they are shared
● Look for opportunities… not guarantees ●

Life is a journey… not a destination, so enjoy the trip!

— nicht aus meiner eigenen Feder, aber meine Weltanschauung —

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