Saturday, July 28, 2018

Life's Lessons Learned


Sometimes one can really get a reality check especially when a written text can apply to you as well as the rest of the population; compliments of an 80-year-old gentleman. I have this list as an app on my phone.

1. Have a firm handshake.
2. Look people in the eye.
3. Sing in the shower.
4. Own a great stereo system.
5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
6. Keep secrets.
7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day.
8. Always accept an outstretched hand.
9. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
10. Whistle.
11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.
12. Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90% of all your happiness and misery.
13. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
14. Lend only those books you never care to see again.
15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have.
16. When playing games with children, let them win.
17. Give people a second chance, but not a third.
18. Be romantic.
19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
21. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for our convenience, not the callers.
22. Be a good loser.
23. Be a good winner.
24. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
25. When someone hugs you let them be the first one to let go.
26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.
27. Keep it simple.
28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
29. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
30. Live your life so that your epitaph could read: No regrets.
31. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.
32. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
33. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
34. Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.
35. Visit friends and relatives when they are in the hospital; you only need to stay a few minutes.
36. Begin each day with some of your favorite music.
37. Once in a while, take the scenic route.
38. Send a lot of Valentine cards. Sign them, ‘Someone who thinks you’re terrific.’
39. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
40. Keep a notepad and pencil on your bedside table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.
41. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
42. Send you love one flowers-- Think of a reason later.
43. Make someone’s day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.
44. Become someone’s hero.
45. Marry only for love.
46. Count your blessings.
47. Compliment the meal when you’re a guest in someone’s home.
48. Wave at the children on a school bus.
49. Remember that 80% of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
50. Don’t expect life to be fair.

20 comments:

penbayman said...

Great life-rules Bill..thanks for sharing..

Mark Kautz said...

Yup, great rules.

Brk Trt said...

A very wise 80 year old gent.

Bill Trussell said...

Hi Mike
I've missed reading your post up Maine way, hope everything is going well for you and the family---thanks for viewing what I think is some great info from the gentlemen.

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
I seldom share written text for the net, but this one I thought was worth the read. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
We learn more as we get older and hope to share that knowledge with the younger generation--thanks for the comment

cofisher said...

Okay, so to be honest I'm good with all of these except being sarcastic. I think I've got a mental disorder on that one. I can't help myself. Thanks Bill!

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
I too feel I'm close to being 99% with the list-----I tend to believe that being sarcastic sometimes is actually kidding the individual you are conversing with. In other words that's my easy way out with the the sarcastic thing??? Thanks for the comment

Michael Agneta said...

That's a tremendous list. I'd like to think I "grade out" okay, but know I have room to improve after reading it.

Bill Trussell said...

Michael
Shame our politicians don't abide by this list---thanks for the comment

C. W. Mound said...

I have never thought that I was sarcastic..... I just thought that I had caustic wit.

Bill Trussell said...

Charles
Thought I would share the true meaning of Sarcastic according to Google-------marked by or given to using irony in order to mock or convey contempt. I sure we've all been sarcastic at times throughout our lives

Thanks for the comment

Becks and Brown Trout said...

Im in Trouble more than once I have been accused of running solely and sarcasm and bad taste....

Andy

Feather Chucker said...

Very wise.

Bill Trussell said...

Becks
None of us will score a 100% on this list--thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Thanks for the comment Kevin

Al R. said...

That's a heck of a list and I live by some of those points. Others I could have used 10 years ago, some would have been better 20 years ago and the rest? Yep, 30 years ago!

THE RIVER DAMSEL said...


I am going to pick "Count Your Many Blessings". This is the one that I do every day. Simply because a grateful heart is a happy heart. Makes the day so much better after you think about those things that you are grateful for. You aren't disappointed if something doesn't go your way. You still are very blessed and you should never forget it.

Bill Trussell said...

Al
All of us could pick up some pointers from this list---I try to follow its rules of life everyday. As I stated in the post I have it on my iphone for handy reference. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Emily
As I get older I count my blessing even more, mainly because I'm still in fairly good health-------love your comment!!!