Life Lessons

by Wendy Copley on November 16, 2009

A few weeks ago, I read a post by Angie Lucas listing out some of the life lessons she’s learned. I liked her list and it started me thinking about what would be on my own list. What do I want to remember? What have I learned that I want to pass on to my boys? Here’s what I came up with:

  1. Put your mug down on the counter before you pour your coffee.
  2. When you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the stuff you have to do, make a list of all of it and knock out the three easiest, fastest items.
  3. Everything tastes better with cream cheese.
  4. Pick up the phone when your parents  call.
  5. It’s better to submit a terrible assignment to your teacher than no paper at all. Even if you fail, you’ll at least get some points, but if you don’t try you just get a big zero.
  6. Don’t speak ill of your former employers in a job interview.
  7. Take every chance you get to hold a baby.
  8. Read something for pleasure every single day.
  9. No matter how bad things seem, you’ve got it pretty good.
  10. Pay the bridge toll for the car behind you when you start out on a road trip. It brings good luck!
  11. Try not to hold a grudge. It hurts you more than the other person.
  12. Don’t try to drink anything when you’re lying down. Sit up first.
  13. Say “thank you”.
  14. Tell the people you love that you love them as often as you can.
  15. Always return the waves of kids in passing cars and school buses.
  16. The gift someone makes for you is always better than the gift they buy.
  17. If you don’t know a word, look it up.
  18. Take responsibility for your own actions and admit when you’re wrong.
  19. If you hate a book, it’s OK to stop reading it.
  20. This too shall pass.

What’s on your list?

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