I am in the process of reorganizing some of the rooms in our house. We moved here not long before LittleMan was born and as usually happens things get overtaken and some things never get sorted right. Anyway I have started on the process now and it has been while alot of work … some fun on the way.
While looking at some of the book shelves I (re)discovered a book that I really enjoyed while I was at uni, Life’s Little Instruction Book. I used to like to just randomly flick to a page and read the little suggestions.
What is Life’s Little Instruction Book?
H. Jackson Brown, Jr. originally wrote Life’s Little Instruction Book as a gift for his son Adam who was leaving home to begin his new life as a college freshman. Brown says, “I read years ago that it was not the responsibility of parents to pave the road for their children but to provide a road map, and I wanted to provide him with what I had learned about living a happy and rewarding life.” Life’s Little Instruction Book is a guidebook that gently points the way to happiness and fulfillment. The observations are direct, simple, and as practical as an umbrella.
Here are a few quotes
- Look people in the eye (sorry after LittleMan having to spend so much time learning this one I had to put it first)
- Learn 3 clean jokes
- Floss your teeth
- Be Brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference
- Take a photography course
- Don’t smoke
- Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly
- Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have
- strive for excellence, not perfection
- Get and stay in shape
- Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river
- Pay attention to detail
- be a self-starter
- Never underestimate the power of a kind word or deed
- Send your loved one flowers. Think of a reason later
- Watch for big problems. they disguise big opportunities
- keep several irons in the fire
- Count your blessings
- Call you mother