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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Some good advice

On my random web travels today, I stumbled upon this cool blog on a site called Blogster. Here's a snippet of a post that stood out:
Years ago a teacher made each student in the class write down our top 5 goals for our lives on a little piece of paper. Ok, now think about it. In my adolescent brain my main goal at the time was a date for the big Homecoming Dance. Yet, somehow I managed to jot down my top 5. This simple list took me 5 minutes to think of and will take 5 lifetimes to achieve.

1. Love. Discover true and everlasting love and don't let go.

2. Play. Believe in magic.

3. Laugh. Find joy in all things.

4. Forgive. Accept that people are imperfect.

5. Live.
These are some great words to live by. Life should be this simple, so how does it get so damn complicated? This further advice (found at a different site) is not nearly as inspirational, but probably more practical:
1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the hell alone.

2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.

3. It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it.

4. Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.

5. Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.

6. If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

7. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

8. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

9. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

10. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

11. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

12. Some days you're the bug; some days you're the windshield.

13. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

14. Duct tape is like 'The Force'. It has a light side and a dark side, and, it holds the universe together.

15. Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.

16. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

17. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

18. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
The preceding has been a Wind In The Wire Public Service Announcement.

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