Thursday, June 18, 2015

Bits of Wisdom

I turn 55 on June 19. By this stage of life I should have gathered some wisdom. Here are 55 bits of advice, I consider wise. Many of them I still need to put into practice in my own life.

  1. Hold the door for others.
  2. Focus on the half full part of the glass.
  3. Learn to say “thank you” wherever you go.
  4. Take notes in church.
  5. When you pray, don’t just ask.
  6. Write thank you notes.
  7. Every once in a while do something out of character.
  8. Get up early enough to see the sunrise at least once a year.
  9. Spend time with people 50 years older than you.
  10. Attend funerals for the bereaved.
  11. Make your bed everyday.
  12. Sit at a table  to eat, even if you are alone.
  13. Always be reading a good book; you’ll never be bored.
  14. Go on more picnics than to restaurants.
  15. Help your friends, and don’t keep track of favors done.
  16. Unpack and repack half your suitcase everyday.
  17. “Because I can” is not a reason.
  18. Your wedding lasts a few hours; your marriage lasts a lifetime.
  19. Get up the first time the alarm clock rings.
  20. Once in a while have ice cream for dinner.
  21. Embrace change.
  22. Play with children, their parents will become your friends.
  23. When you offer to help, really help.
  24. Remember different, isn’t necessarily wrong.
  25. Don’t bring your phone to the table.
  26. Ask people about themselves.
  27. Never eat and run, especially if you are a guest.
  28. Always be learning something new.
  29. Remember when you marry someone, you get to spend Christmas with their family for the rest of your life.
  30. Know the population of your city, the latitude of where you live, and it's claim to fame.
  31. When someone else is talking, listen; don’t be planning what you’ll say.
  32. You will never regret having spent time with your grandparents.
  33. Get rich quick schemes are just that: schemes.
  34. Read a Proverb a day.
  35. Appreciate nature; trees, flowers, small animals are fascinating.
  36. Memorize a Bible verse every week.
  37. Weather happens; revel in the variety.
  38. Invite people into your home.
  39. Cultivate friendships with people from other countries and ethnicities.
  40. Say "I love you" to someone everyday.
  41. If it comes from the bottom of the drawer, take the things on top out first, then put them back.
  42. Stack bowls so they nest.
  43. Resist the temptation to change the way people hang their toilet paper.
  44. Remember the person in front of you has a right to recline his seat, too.
  45. Go for a walk every day, even if it’s just around the outside of your house.
  46. Make goals.
  47. Never pick your nose in public. Inside your car is public.
  48. Sing it like you mean it.
  49. Learn about other places, especially if you are going there.
  50. Learn to cook at least one company-worthy meal.
  51. Even if you are the best, you don’t need to tell.
  52. The strongest person is the one who holds on tightest to his temper.
  53. Give hugs, especially to people who never get them.
  54. Listen when older people tell you what they wish they had done.
  55. You are allowed to say no.

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1 comment:

  1. Wonderful words of wisdom! I especially like saying you love someone, give hugs, have walks and enjoy nature every day. I'll be 55 in September. :)



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