Life`s Little Instruction Book

Harriett Jackson Brown Jr. is an American author best known for his inspirational book, Life’s Little Instruction Book, which was a New York Times bestseller. Its sequel Life’s Little Instruction Book: Volume 2 also made it to the same best seller list in 1993. Wikipedia

A few quotations which are from his top 20 most reviewed or rated list of all time:

Son, how can I help you see? May I give you my shoulders to stand on? Now you see farther than me. Now you see for both of us. Won’t you tell me what you see?

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.

Let perseverance be your engine and hope your fuel.

Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.

Our thought of the day series was drawn from another book:

511 suggestions, observations, and reminders or how to live a happy and rewarding life   By H. Jackson Brown, Jn

1. Compliment three people every day

2. Have a dog

3. Watch a sunrise at least once a year

4. Remember other people’s birthdays

5. Have a firm handshake

6. Look people in the eye

7. Say “thank you” a lot

8. Say “please” a lot

9. Learn to play musical instrument

10. Sing in the shower

11. Plant flowers every spring

12. Be the first to say “hello”

13. Be forgiving of yourself and others

14. Wear polished shoes

15. If in a fight hit first and hit hard

16. Refuse all things you borrow

17. Teach some kind of class

18. Be a student of some kind of class

19. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated

20. Make new friends but cherish old ones

21. Keep secrets

22. Don’t postpone joy

23. Show respect for teachers

24. Keep a tight rein on your temper

25. Take out the garbage without being told

26. Surprise loved ones with little unexpected gifts

27. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life

28. Make the best of a bad situation

29. Live so that that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you

30. Admit you mistakes

31. Use your wit to amuse, not abuse

32. Be brave. Even if you are not, pretended to be. No one can tell the differences

33. Hug children after you discipline them

34. Learn to make something beautiful with you hands

35. Don’t mess with drugs, and don’t associate with those who do

36. Avoid sarcastic remarks

37. In business and family relations remember that most important thing is trust

38. Don’t smoke

39. Even if you are financially well – to – do, have you children earn

40. Don’t let anyone see you tipsy

41. Make it a habit to do nice things for people

42. Chouse your life’s mate carefully. From this decision will come 90 percent of all your happiness and misery

43. Always have something beautiful in sight even if it’s just a daisy in a glass

44. Tell your kids often how terrific they are and that you trust them

45. Never cheat

46. Smile a lot. It costs nothing, and it is beyond the price

47. Learn to identify local wild flowers, birds and trees

48. Learn to listen. Opportunity some times knocks very softly

49. Respect your children’s privacy. Knock before entering their room

50. Remember people’s names

51. Give yourself an hour to cool of before responding to someone who has provoked you. If it involves something really important give yourself a night

52. When playing games with children let them win

53. Take time to smell roses

54. Pray not for things but for wise and courage

55. Be tough minded and tender – hearted

56. Keep your desk and work area neat

57. Be punctual and insist on it in others

58. Don’t waste time responding to your critics

59. Avoid negative people

60. Never give up on what you really want to do

61. Never take actions when you are angry

62. Be romantic

63. Be curious. Ask “why” a lot

64. Measure people by the size of their hearts, but not the size of their accounts

65. Don’t carry a grudge

66. Show respect for all living things

67. Choose work in harmony with your values

68. Don’t waste time grieving over past mistakes. Learn from them and move

69. Be a good looser

70. Be a good winner

71. praise in public

72. Criticize in private

73. Keep your promises

74. Take good care of those you love

75. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born


From the list, which was your favourite or do you have another to add?


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