Good Rules- Two Sets

Some years ago, after my parents moved from Maryland to Florida to begin the second half of their life, they bought a print of H. Jackson Brown's Life's Little Instructions. If you've never read them, they are:

  • Sing in the shower.

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

  • Watch a sunrise at least once a year.

  • Never refuse homemade brownies.

  • Strive for excellence, not perfection.

  • Plant a tree on your birthday.

  • Learn three clean jokes.

  • Return borrowed vehicles with the gas tank full.

  • Compliment three people every day.

  • Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.

  • Keep it simple.

  • Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.

  • Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

  • Floss your teeth.

  • Ask for a raise when you feel you’ve earned it.

  • Be forgiving of yourself and others.

  • Overtip breakfast waitresses.

  • Say “thank you” a lot.

  • Say “please” a lot.

  • Avoid negative people.

  • Buy whatever kids are selling on card tables in their front yards.

  • Wear polished shoes.

  • Remember other people’s birthdays.

  • Commit yourself to constant improvement.

  • Carry jumper cables in your trunk.