Above all, always love. Even the annoying coworker, friend, and family member. Also, love your enemies. No one should be exempt from your love. As you rise in the morning remember it’s your job to love. This, above all else.
The rest is in no particular order…
Never be within a 20 mile radius from your siblings and declare you are too tired to visit.
No matter your circumstances, always choose to believe that God is good and there will be a day when He sorts it all out. Do not become bitter. Refer back to the first paragraph.
Never wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden. Think about it. I see each of you planting beautiful gardens.
If someone doesn’t have a smile, give them yours.
In finances, as Shakespeare’s King Lear advised, “Have more than thou showest.”
Promise only what you can deliver. Then deliver more than you promise.
Forgiveness is the answer to carrying a grudge.
As Dale Carnegie wrote: “You can make more friends in 2 months by becoming genuinely interested in others than you can in 2 years by trying to get people interested in you.
The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen.
Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.
When driving, do not refer to discourteous drivers as idiots, like I do. Just forget it and drive on.
Do for others with no expectation in return. We should all plant some trees we will never sit under.
Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb as that’s where the fruit is.
A great person shows their greatness by how they treat the little man.
When you are angry or frustrated, what comes out will be a good indication of what you are made of. Not always though.
True wealth is what you are, not what you have.
You can consider yourself a good manager when you get superior work from average people.
Master enemies, not by force, but by forgiveness.
When we remember how hard it is to change ourselves we will begin to understand what little chance we have of changing others.
Good manners sometimes means putting up with other’s bad manners.
Remember, the big print giveth and the small print taketh away. This should be well ingrained since your Dad is a lawyer, and two more are on their way.
Enjoy being smarter than others–just don’t tell them so.
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. Your father does such a good job of that.
Doing something for others is a powerful contributor to health and long life.
To change much, change your attitude.
Always laugh. Even when it’s inappropriate.
Put an uncommon touch on a most common task.
“By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.” Winston Churchill
Only God is in a position to look down on anyone.
Fill your time and space with joy.
Religion is what you do when the sermon is over.
Compliment someone every day.
Do not inhibit your happiness with judgement of others, negative thoughts, or envy.
Good character is built piece by piece via thought, choice, and courage. I’m proud of your’s.
“He has achieved success who has worked well, laughed often and loved much.” Elbert Hubbard. So true.
If someone remembers your outfit and not your smile, you didn’t smile enough.
The best way to be happy is to make others happy.
Always know the name of the janitor.
When problems cease, so do opportunities. So welcome them.
Do not worry about the future. Refuse apocalyptic mindset.
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
I’m not sure why I’m telling you all this. You have each been my teacher. I learned from you. I love you guys. 💛💙💜
*wisdom over time of mine and others – credit given when known