This has been posted on my refrigerator for at least ten years:

  • If you open it, close it.
  • If you turn it on, turn it off.
  • If you unlock it, lock it up
  • If you break it, admit it.
  • If you can’t fix it, call in someone who can.
  • If you drop it, pick it up.
  • If you sleep in it, make it.
  • If you borrow it, return it.
  • If you value it, take care of it.
  • If you make a mess, clean it up.
  • If you move it, put it back.
  • If you don’t know how to operate it, leave it alone.
  • If it belongs to someone else, get permission to use it.
  • If it rings, answer it.
  • If it is none of your business, don’t ask questions.
  • If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
  • If it cries, love it.
  • If it will brighten someone’s day, SAY IT!
  • Pandora’s rule:  If you didn’t close the box, don’t open it.

This came in a recent e-mail and deserves posting:

Take a 10-30 minute walk every day.  And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.

Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

Drink green tea and plenty of water.  Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, and almonds.

Try to make at least three people smile each day.

Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control.  Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.

Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

Frame every so-called disaster with these words:   ‘In five years, will this matter?’

Forgive everyone for everything.

What other people think of you is none of your business.

GOD heals everything.

However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

This was reportedly posted on Mother Teresa’s wall:

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

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One kind word will warm three winter months.  Japanese proverb.