Life's Little Instructions

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 vehicles with the gas tank full Compliment three people every day Never waste an opportunitity to tell someone you love them Leave 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 of 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 birthdays Commit yourself to constant improvement Carry jumper cables in your trunk Have a firm handshake Send lots of Valentine’s cards. Sign them, “Someone who thinks you’re terrific.” Look people in the eye Be the first to say, “Hello” Use the good silver Return all things you borrow Make 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 kids on school buses Be there when people need you Feed a stranger’s expired parking meter Don’t expect life to be fair Never underestimate the power of love Drink champagne for no reason at all Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation Don’t be afraid to say, “I made a mistake” 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 Call your mother

For as long as I can remember, these have been on a poster in my grandmother's house. They have always been a refreshing reminder to me and I hope they might be the same for you.