Life’s Little Instructions

Compliment three people every day * Overtip breakfast waitresses * Watch a sunrise at least once a year * Once in your life own a convertible * Sing in the shower * Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated * Never refuse homemade brownies * Strive for excellence, not perfection * Plant a tree on your birthday * Learn three clean jokes * Return borrowed vehicles with the gas tank full * Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them * Whistle * Leave everything a little better than you found it * Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures * Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know * Surprise loved ones with little unexpected gifts * Floss your teeth * Learn CPR * Ask for a raise when you feel you’ve earned it * Be forgiving of yourself and others * Take time to smell the roses * 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 birthdays * Rekindle old friendships * Commit yourself to constant improvement * Focus on making things better, not bigger * Be kinder than necessary * Carry jumper cables in your trunk * Have a firm handshake * Look people in the eye * Be the first to say, “Hello” * Use the good silver * Return all thing you borrow * Make new friends, but cherish the old ones * Keep secrets * Sing in a choir * Show respect for all living things * Plant flowers every spring * Have a dog * Always accept an outstretched hand * Stop blaming others * Take responsibility for every area of you life * Wave at kids on school buses * Take good care of those you love * Drink champagne for no reason at all * Live you life as an exclamation, not an explanation * Cherish your children for what they are, not for what you’d like them to be * Compliment even small improvements * Keep your promises * Become someone’s hero * Marry only for love * Count your blessings * Call your mother

~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
©1992
From Life’s Little Instruction Book