Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before I Left Home

August 9, 2012
These suggestions are applicable to any stage of life.

To schedule something on the blog for this day, when my daughter and her children are visiting, I went through my old emails and found this list of guidelines for living a satisfying life.

I suggest you read through it and then select one that is particularly important for you to remember – most of us don’t practice all of these all the time. Then think about it later in the day.


10. Any and all compliments can be handled by simply saying “Why, thank you.”

9. Some people are working backstage, some are playing in the orchestra, some are on stage singing, some are in the audience as critics and some are there to applaud. Know who and where you are.

Duct taped statue
USC’s Tommy Trojan statue duct-taped for its protection before the USC/UCLA football game

8. Never give yourself a haircut.

7. When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste…when eating, take time to enjoy it.

6. Be more concerned about your character than your reputation … because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think of you.

5. You need only two tools. WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and
shouldn’t, use the tape. (See picture on right.)

4. The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship “I apologize” and “You are right.”

3. When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. It’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm.

2. Learn to pick your battles; Ask yourself, ‘Will this matter one year from now? How about one month? One week? One day?’

1. If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance!

— Author Unknown

 Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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