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ifihadahif Posted: Tue Aug 19 14:55:09 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Stumbled on this one, thought it was worth sharing.

A Father's
Instructions for Life

Condensed from 'Life's Little Instruction Book"
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

YEARS AGO, I read that it was the responsibility of parents not to pave the road for their children, but to provide a road map. So, as my son, Adam, prepared to leave for college, I jotted down a few words of counsel and put them in a dime-store binder. After his mother and I had helped him move into his dorm, I presented him with the bound pages.
A few days later, Adam called me. "Dad," he said, the book is one of the best gifts I've ever received. I'm going to add to it and someday give it to my son." Every once in a while life hands you a moment so precious, so overwhelming, that you almost glow. I had just experienced one.

Here are the words I gave him.

Compliment three people each day.

Watch a sunrise at least once a year:

Overtip breakfast waitresses.

Look people in the eye.

Say "thank you" a lot.

Say "please" a lot.

Live beneath your means.

Buy whatever kids are
selling on card tables in
their front yards.

Treat everyone you meet as
you want to be treated.

Donate two pints
of blood every year.

Make new friends but
cherish the old ones.

Keep secrets.

Don't waste time learning
the "tricks of the trade."
Instead, learn the trade.

Admit your mistakes.

Be brave. Even if you're not,
pretend to be.
No one can tell the difference.

Choose a charity in your
community and support it
generously with your
time and money.

Read the Bill of Rights.

Use credit cards only for
convenience, never for credit.

Never cheat.

Give yourself a year and read
the Bible cover to cover.

Learn to listen. Opportunity
sometimes knocks very softly.

Never deprive someone of hope;
it might be all he or she has.

Pray not for things, but for
wisdom and courage.

Never take action when
you're angry.

Have good posture.
Enter a room with purpose
and confidence.

Don't discuss business in elevators.
You never know who
may overhear you.

Never pay for work before
it's completed.

Be willing to lose a battle
in order to win the war.

Don't gossip.

Beware of the person who
has nothing to lose.
When facing a difficult task,
act as though it is
impossible to fail. If you're
going after Moby Dick,
take along the tartar sauce.

Don't spread yourself too thin.
Learn to say no
politely and quickly.

Don't expect life to be fair.

Never underestimate the
power of forgiveness.

Instead of using the word
problem, try substituting
the word opportunity.

Never walk out on
a quarrel with your wife.

Regarding furniture and clothes:
if you think you'll be using them
five years or longer, buy the best
you can afford.

Be bold and courageous.
When you look back
on your fife, you'll regret
the things, you didn't do
more than the ones you did.

Forget committees. New, noble,
world-changing ideas always come
from one person working alone.
Street musicians are a treasure.
Stop for a moment and listen;
then leave a small donation.

When faced with a serious
health problem, get at least three
medical opinions.

Wage war against littering.

After encountering inferior
service, food or products,
bring it to the attention
of the person in charge.
Good managers will
appreciate knowing.

Don't procrastinate.
Do what needs doing when
it needs to be done.

Get your priorities straight.
No one ever said on his
deathbed, "Gee, if I'd only spent
more time at the office."

Don't be afraid to say
"I don't know."

Don't be afraid to say
"I'm sorry."

Make a list of 25 things
you want to experience before
you die. Carry it in your
wallet and refer to it often.

Call your mother.


 
addi Posted: Tue Aug 19 15:38:59 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  ifihadahif said:

>Compliment three people each day.

1. That's a lovely list, hif.

2. You're pretty handsome for a Welshman, mat_j.

3. just~imagine has a birthday coming next week and she doesn't look a day past 25.


 
Kira Posted: Wed Aug 20 00:10:54 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I've got this book somewhere. It's quite a smart little book.


 
Mark Posted: Wed Aug 20 02:44:56 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  ifihadahif said:

>Give yourself a year and read
>the Bible cover to cover.
Took four years last time I read it (school and such coming in between). I think everybody should read it though... just as every other holy book.

>Don't be afraid to say
>"I'm sorry."
I find saying sorry quite easy, in such a way that I say it even when I don't really mean it. Asking for forgiveness is something I find hard to do.


 
addi Posted: Wed Aug 20 14:52:08 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  a new day for 3 compliments...

Mark said he was sorry, and in a very sincere way. Which is nice because I don't know what he's sorry about.

choke said she was sorry to me too about that one time she told me to piss off. She wasn't really sincere, but just the fact that she said it is nice because NZers just hate to apologize about anything.

sweet p is a fine looking woman, even with her cracked nose. I sent her some pics of me playing tennis because she likes watching bodies and muscles in action.


 
mat_j Posted: Thu Aug 21 03:24:16 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Don't put your penis into open flame.

Be nice to monsters (long enough to run/kill them)

Keep your daughters away from 'hunky older man' Addi




 
addi Posted: Thu Aug 21 07:13:59 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  mat_j said:

>Keep your daughters away from 'hunky older man' Addi

I can't figure out if this is a diss or a compliment.


 
mat_j Posted: Thu Aug 21 08:14:19 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  addi said:
>mat_j said:
>
>>Keep your daughters away from 'hunky older man' Addi
>
>I can't figure out if this is a diss or a compliment.



You can take it any way you want. Which is i guess what the daughters would say.


 
addi Posted: Thu Aug 21 08:34:35 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  mat_j said:

>You can take it any way you want. Which is i guess what the daughters would say.

Woohoo!

(if only I was single and 32 again)


 
choke Posted: Sun Aug 24 23:03:19 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  addi said:
>choke said she was sorry to me too about that one time she told me to piss off. She wasn't really sincere, but just the fact that she said it is nice because NZers just hate to apologize about anything.
>

It's pretty much a miracle.


 
addi Posted: Mon Aug 25 07:34:52 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  choke said:

>It's pretty much a miracle.

piss off.

: )

*come around here more Tiff. You're missed


 
mat_j Posted: Mon Aug 25 07:47:31 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Yeah come around more often, i want to knwo if you've seen flight of the conchords yet?


 
mat_j Posted: Mon Aug 25 07:48:19 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Grrr i nearly took a drink out of my paperclip holder then instead of my tea thus was my zeal for posting!


 
choke Posted: Tue Aug 26 03:05:38 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Awe. I come round here a bit, have trouble finding things to post on though.

And yes, I have seen Flight of the Chonchords. And they are amazing. Funnily, I never heard of them in NZ, I heard about them while I was on my exchange in the states. They weren't accepted for NZ tv for awhile so went international instead and ended up better for it I think!

Have you seen the movie Eagle vs. Shark? Delightfully, beautifully awkward. It's got Jermaine in it. Our accents make me cringe, in a happy sort of way.


 
mat_j Posted: Tue Aug 26 06:37:55 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  choke said
>
>Have you seen the movie Eagle vs. Shark? Delightfully, beautifully awkward. It's got Jermaine in it. Our accents make me cringe, in a happy sort of way.

Hahahaha I love Jermaine, FOTC is the funniest thing i've seen in ages, poor old Murray, he's so brilliant.

I like the accents, we have the same problem, anything with Welsh accents in is uber embarrasing, next to Brummies, Scousers, Cockneys and Geordies we have the worst accent in the UK.




 
misszero Posted: Tue Aug 26 06:41:09 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  nah, seriously, i'm australian.

i have to put up with people saying 'flann' not 'flAHn'.

hehehe


 



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