28 April 2013

Chain emails

Digging through some of my mother's old stuff, I found something interesting. It was a chain email. I usually don't find them funny because of the implied threats at the end, but leaving out the last part this one was actually quite didactic.

1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
2.Marry someone you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
3. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
4. When you say, "I love you", mean it.
5. When you say, "I'm sorry", look the person in the eye.
6. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
7. Believe in love at first sight.
8. Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much.
9. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.
10. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
11. Don't judge people by their relatives.
12. Talk slowly but think quickly.
13. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask "Why do you wan to know?"
14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
15. Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.
16. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
17. Remember the 3 R's: Respect for self, Respect for others, Responsibility for all you actions.
18. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
19. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
20. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
21. Spend some time alone.
22. Open you arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
23. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
24. Read more book and watch less TV.
25. Live a good, honorable life. then when you get older and think back, you'll get to enjoy it a second time.
26. Trust in God but lock your car.
27. A loving atmosphere in your home is so important. Do all you can to create a tranquil harmonious home.
28. In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation, don't bring up the past.
29. Read between the lines.
30. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
31. Be gentle with the Earth.
32. Pray. There's immeasurable power in it.
33. Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
34. Mind you own business.
35. Don't trust a person who doesn't close their eyes when you kiss.
36. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
37. If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth's greatest satisfaction.
38. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
39. Learn the rules then break some.
40. Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than you need for each other.
41. Judge you success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
42. Remember that your character is your destiny.

I can't say I agree that all of them are good teachings but most of them are. And even if they don't change your life, it will change the way you live it and feel about it, and that makes a whole lot difference.

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