For Adam, my son and in many ways my teacher.

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?

Have a dog. 5. 3. 2. Watch a sunrise at least once a year. Remember other people’s birthdays. 4. Compliment three people every day. 6.Life’s Little Instruction Book 1. . Buy whatever kids are selling on card tables in their front yard. Have a firm handshake.

Overtip breakfast waitresses. .7.

Eat more pancakes and fewer rice cakes. 14. Learn to play a musical instrument. Use the good silver. 11.Life’s Little Instruction Book 8. even if you never read them. Sing in the shower. Buy great books. 9. 12. Say “thank you” a lot. Life is short. Say “please” a lot. . 13. 10.

16.” 18. 20. Plant flowers every spring. 19. . Live beneath your means. 17. Learn to make great chili. Be the first to say “hello. but own the best house you can afford.Life’s Little Instruction Book 15. Be forgiving of yourself and others. Drive inexpensive cars.

21. Then break some. . Learn the rules.

Life’s Little Instruction Book 22. . 25. hit first and hit hard. 23. 28. If in a fight. Ask for a raise when you feel you’ve earned it. 27. Wear polished shoes. Drink champagne for no reason at all. Return all the things you borrow. 26. 24. Learn three clean jokes. Floss your teeth.

Life’s Little Instruction Book 29. 32. 33. Once in your life own a convertible. Teach some kind of class. 34. Plant a tree on your birthday. Be a student in some kind of class. 31. resist turning around to see who has just arrived late. . 30. Never buy a house without a fireplace. At meetings.

. 36. Mozart. Donate two pints of blood every year. Learn to identify the music of Chopin. 37. Take lots of snapshots. 38. Keep secrets.Life’s Little Instruction Book 35. 39. Make new friends but cherish the old ones. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated. and Beethoven. 40.

42. Write thank-you notes promptly. Show respect for military personnel. 43. 44.Life’s Little Instruction Book 41. . 45. Show respect for teachers. Never refuse homemade brownies. 46. Don’t postpone joy. Show respect for police officers and firefighters.

.47. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day.

50. learn the trade. 51.Life’s Little Instruction Book 48. 49. Don’t waste time learning the “tricks of the trade. Buy vegetables from truck farmers who advertise with handlettered signs. 52. Take out the garbage without being told. Keep a tight rein on your temper.” Instead. Put the cap back on the toothpaste. .

Avoid overexposure to the sun. 54. 56. 58. Stop blaming others. Never mention being on a diet. . 57. Surprise loved ones with little unexpected gifts. Take responsibility for every area of your life. Make the best of bad situations. Vote.Life’s Little Instruction Book 53. 55.

they think of you. caring. .59. and integrity. Live so that when your children think of fairness.

Admit your mistakes. 62. .Life’s Little Instruction Book 60. Ask someone to pick up your mail and daily paper when you’re out of town. 63. 61. Remember that all news is biased. Support a high school band. Those are the first two things potential burglars look for. Use your wit to amuse. 64. not abuse.

Demand excellence and be willing to pay for it. 67. 68. Always accept an outstretched hand. 66. 69. No one can tell the difference. Take a photography course. Let people pull in front of you when you’re stopped in traffic. pretend to be. . Be brave.Life’s Little Instruction Book 65. Even if you’re not.

72. Choose a charity in your community and support it generously with your time and money. . 71.Life’s Little Instruction Book 70. Never forget your anniversary. Give to charity all the clothes you haven’t worn during the past three years. Whistle. 73 Never hire someone you wouldn’t invite home to dinner. 74.

.75. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts. Never give up on what you really want to do.

When someone wants to hire you. even if it’s for a job you have little interest in. 79. 77. talk to them.Life’s Little Instruction Book 76. Don’t mess with drugs. and don’t associate with those who do. Never close the door on an opportunity until you’ve had a chance to hear the offer in person. . Don’t take good health for granted. 78. Slow dance.

have your children earn and pay for all their automobile insurance.Life’s Little Instruction Book 80. . 82. Don’t disappoint. Forget the Joneses. Don’t smoke. Avoid sarcastic remarks. Someone will always be looking at you as an example of how to behave. 83. 84. 81. Even if you’re financially wellto-do.

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