Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Word to the Wise

I stumbled across a list that caught my attention. "16 Things It Took Me Over 50 Years To Learn," by Dave Berry. After I read it, I started to get a little obsessive about finding other tidbits of advice.

So...I decided to list some of my favorites to share! I will definitely be keeping them in mind as life passes by through the years. In bold are my favorites.

Taken from Berry's list:

  • People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
  • You should not confuse your career with your life.
  • Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
  • The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.
  • There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age eleven.
  • The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.
  • A person, who is nice to you, but rude to a waiter, is not a nice person.
  • Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.

Canvas I found over at TJ Maxx
Taken from other sources:
  • The most valuable thing to have is a good reputation, and it’s neither hard nor expensive to acquire one: Be fair. Be honest. Be trustworthy. Be generous. Respect others.
  • It’s never a shame when you admit you don’t know something, and often a shame when you assume that you do.
  • Anyone who judges you by the kind of car you drive or shoes you wear isn’t someone worth impressing.
  • Grudges are poison. The only antidote is to let them go.
  • Two cheap, easy self-improvement projects: Develop a strong handshake and start smiling when you answer the phone.
  • When something that costs less than $200 breaks and it’s not under warranty and you can’t fix it yourself in half an hour, it’s almost certainly more cost-effective to throw it out.
  • Laundry day is much easier when all your socks are the same and you don’t have to sort them.
  • Almost no one stretches, flosses or gives compliments often enough.
  • When you mess up, ’fess up. It’s the fastest way, if there is one, to forgiveness.
  • Your health is your life.
  • Take lots of pictures. Someday you'll be really glad you did.
  • We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.
  • Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  • Believe in miracles.
  • Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
  • Often those who aren’t the easiest to love are the ones who need it the most.
  • Remember what your mother taught you, it came from the most sacred place of love that exists.
  • Spend time alone with yourself every day.
  • You have to be your own best friend.
  • If you don’t feel good you probably don’t need a doctor. It’s your diet.
  • Don't be on your phone texting when you're with other people. It's rude.
  • It is okay to be angry. It is never okay to be cruel.
  • Readers love lists! Did you get to the bottom of this one?
Some heartwarming videos I found:

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