Father's Instructions for Life
from 'Life's Little Instruction Book" H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
was submitted to Siliconhell - there are some excellent points
in here and it had to be posted on the site for others to
share the wisdom.
ago, I read that it was the responsibility of parents not
to pave the road for their children, but to provide a road
map. So, as my son, Adam, prepared to leave for college, I
jotted down a few words of counsel and put them in a dime-store
binder. After his mother and I had helped him move into his
dorm, I presented him with the bound pages.
A few days later, Adam called me. "Dad," he said, the book
is one of the best gifts I've ever received. I'm going to
add to it and someday give it to my son." Every once in a
while life hands you a moment so precious, so overwhelming,
that you almost glow. I had just experienced one.
Here are the words I gave him.
Be bold and courageous.
Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell
Be willing to lose a battle in order to win the war.
of the person who has nothing to lose.
whatever kids are selling on card tables in their front yards.
Choose a charity in your community and support it generously
with your time and money.
three people each day.
Don't be afraid to say "I don't know."
Don't be afraid to say "I'm sorry."
discuss business in elevators. You never know who may overhear
expect life to be fair.
Don't gossip. Keep secrets.
procrastinate. Do what needs doing when it needs to be done.
Don't spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no politely and
committees. New, noble, world-changing ideas always come from
one person working alone.
your priorities straight. No one ever said on his deathbed,
"Gee, if I'd only spent more time at the office."
Give yourself a year and read the Bible cover to cover.
a room with purpose and confidence.
Instead of using the word problem, try substituting the word
Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly.
Look people in the eye.
a list of 25 things you want to experience before you die.
Carry it in your wallet and refer to it often.
Make new friends but cherish the old ones.
Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all he or she has.
Never pay for work before it's completed.
Never take action when you're angry.
underestimate the power of forgiveness.
walk out on a quarrel with your wife.
not for things, but for wisdom and courage.
furniture and clothes: if you think you'll be using them five
years or longer, buy the best you can afford.
"please" and "thank you" a lot.
Street musicians are a treasure. Stop for a moment and listen;
then leave a small donation.
everyone you meet as you want to be treated.
credit cards only for convenience, never for credit.
Watch a sunrise at least once a year:
When faced with a serious health problem, get at least three
you look back on your life, you'll regret the things, you
didn't do more than the ones you did.
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