Life’s Little Instruction Book.


*Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be.
No one can tell the difference.
*Think big thoughts, but relish small
pleasures.
*Never deprive someone of hope; it might be
all they have.
*Never resist a generous impulse.
*Become the most positive and enthusiastic
person you know.
*Never go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink.
*Leave everything a little better than you
found it.
*Call your mother.
*Compliment three people everyday.
*Watch a sunrise at least once a year.
*Remember other people`s birthdays.
*Have a firm handshake.
*Look people in the eye.
*Say “thank you” a lot.
*Say “please” a lot.
*Learn to play a musical instrument.
*Sing in the shower.
*Learn to make one dish like a master chef
*Be the first to say, “Hello”.
*Live beneath your means.
*Buy great books, even if you never read
them.
*Drive inexpensive cars, but own the best
house you can afford.
*Be forgiving of yourself and others.
*Floss your teeth.
*If in fight, hit first and hit hard.
*Return all the things you borrow.
*Teach some kind of class.
*Be a student in some kind of class.
*Treat everyone you meet like you want to be
treated.
*Learn to identify the music of Chopin, Mozart,
Beethoven.
*Plant a tree on your birthday.
*Donate two pints of blood every year.
*Make new friends but cherish the old ones.
*Keep secrets.
*Take lots of pictures
*Don`t postpone joy.
*Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen
every day.
*Write “thank you” notes promptly.
*Don`t waste time learning the “tricks of the
trade.” Instead, learn the trade.
*Keep a tight rein on your temper.
Jackson Brown originally wrote Life’s Little
Instruction book as a gift for his son who
was leaving home to begin his freshman year
in college. Brown says, “I read years ago that
it was not the responsibility of parents to
pave the road for their children but to provide
a road map, and I wanted to provide him
with what I had learned about living a happy
and rewarding life. Most of us already know
how to live a successful and purposeful life.
We know we should be more understanding
and thoughtful, more responsible,
courageous and appreciative. It’s just that we
sometimes need reminding.”
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Which of these instructions speak to you?
What life instruction/s did you learn from
your parents?
If you’re a parent, what life instruction/s do
you want to pass to your children?
Let’s talk…….

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