Instructions for Life

  1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
  2. Smile when picking up the phone. the caller will hear it in your voice.
  3. Spend some time alone.
  4. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  5. Don’t just listen to what someone is saying. Listen to why they are saying it.
  6. Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
  7. Mind your own business.
  8. Don’t trust anyone who doesn’t close his/her eyes when you kiss.
  9. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  10. If you make sufficient money, put it to use helping others while you are living. It’s wealth's greatest satisfaction.
  11. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  12. When you say, “I love you,” mean it.
  13. When you say, “I’m sorry,” look the person in the eye.
  14. Never laugh at anyone’s dreams. People who don't have dreams don’t have much.
  15. Love deeply and passionately. You may get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.
  16. Don’t judge people by their relatives or by the life they were born into.
  17. When someone asks you a question you don’ want to answer, smile, and ask, “Why do you want to know?”
  18. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  19. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  20. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

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Writer, Reporter/Journalist, & Teacher from Staten Island, New York.

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