Monday, January 21, 2013

Life's Little Instructions

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From a list by one 95-year-old, William Snell, 1993 ~ These make me smile
~Sing in the shower~
~Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated~
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~Watch a sunrise at least once a year~
~Never refuse homemade brownies~
~Strive for excellence, not perfection~
~Plant a tree on your birthday~
~Return borrowed vehicles with the gas tank full~
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~Never waste an opportunity 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 positive and enthusiastic~
~Be forgiving~
~Say "thank you" a lot~
~Say "please" a lot~
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~Wear polished shoes~
~Remember other people's birthdays~
~Commit yourself to constant improvement~
~Have a firm handshake~
~Send lots of valentine cards, sign them~
~Look people in the eye~
~Be the first to say hello~
~Return all things you borrow~
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~Make new friends, but cherish the old ones~
~Keep secrets~
~Plant flowers every spring~
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~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~

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~Be there when people need you~
~Don't expect life to be fair~
~Never underestimate the power of love~
~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~
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~Call your mother
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And your dad, too~ 


Red said...

Wow, Sarah. Those pictures fit perfectly with their captions! I wonder...did you have any help? :)

Lauren said...

How sweet! I love the one about sending lots of valentines!

Lynnae said...

Those are great Sarah...especially the never refusing the brownies one :)

Jo said...

That's a wonderful list! I want to be like that... :) Sometimes when life gets busy with school and stress and problems, it's hard to remember to slow down and make an effort to enjoy the world and the people in it. Thanks for the inspiration, Sarah--I needed to hear it. :)

Cosette Spafford said...

Awesome post... and believe me, I've really mastered the 'never refuse brownies' especially homemade ones ;)