Saturday, November 10, 2012

Instructions For Life



My family spent the weekend in Mammoth Lakes, CA a little while ago, and the following message was hung on the wall in our rented condo. I hope you enjoy it.

Life's Little Instructions
(credit H. Jackson Brown)

  • Every so often push your luck
  • Never underestimate the power of a kind word or deed
  • Never give up on anybody--miracles happen every day
  • Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know
  • Learn to listen
  • Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures
  • Don't expect others to listen to your advice and ignore your example
  • Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly
  • Leave everything a little better than you found it
  • Don't forget--a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated
  • Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them
  • Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated
  • Make new friends but cherish the old ones
  • Don't use time or words carelessly--neither can be retrieved
  • Judge your success by the degree that you're enjoying peace, health, and love
  • Smile a lot--it costs nothing and is beyond price
I don't know about you, but sometimes I sweat the small stuff in life. It's nice to be reminded of these little instructions.

Have you seen these instructions before? Do you sometimes need to be reminded to appreciate the little things in life? 

17 comments:

  1. I've not seen that before, but those are wise words to live by.

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  2. It is hard to get caught up in the bustle of life and to forget to remember and be grateful for all our blessings, big and small! Thanks for the reminder today. Christy

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    1. Christy, it really is so easy to forget these small blessings. I hope you enjoyed it.

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  3. Hi Julie!! Yes, it's easy to sweat the small stuff--but a bunch of small things can sure add up to quite a pile of stress. :) These are good points!!

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    1. Exactly! I own the book "Don't Sweat The Small Stuff," and boy, it sure is a great reminder.

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  4. Thanks for sharing these, Julie. :)

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    1. Linda, it was my pleasure. I hope you enjoyed it!

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  5. Now there's an instruction manual I can wrap my head around. I LOVE Mammoth and I haven't been in years.

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    1. Me, too! Short and sweet, and easy to remember.

      Mammoth...I hadn't been there since I was 18 (so what is that, like 2 years ago?)

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  6. These are great ideas to live a life by.

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  7. I've seen most of these before, but not all gathered together in one place. Good stuff! Thanks.

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  8. Wow, did I need this today. Thanks for sharing, Julie!

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  9. I love these little rules! Thank you for sharing, and I will copy and paste... and pass them forward. Love them!

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  10. Thanks, guys! Short and sweet with lots of meaning. I love it!

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