Friday, July 10, 2009

A pleasant life...

Ina is my grandma. My dad's mum. She passed away a few years ago, but seems to always be around. And quite a bit more than usual lately. We have some big decisions to make and I think she might be trying to help us. Mum was cleaning out some paperwork a few days ago and found a handwritten note from Grandma. It was titled, 'Ina's 10 Rules to Make Life Pleasant'. I'm not sure if they are hers exclusively, but as my husband said, the are wise, wise words.

I want to share them with you.

1. Keep skid chains on your tongue. Always say less than you think. How you say it, often counts more than what you say.

2. Make promises sparingly and keep them faithfully, no matter what it costs you.

3. Never let an opportunity pass to say a kind, encouraging word. Praise good work done, regardless of who did it.

4. Be interested in others, show interest in their pursuits, their welfare, their homes and families. Share their happiness and sadness.

5. Be cheerful. We are told that it takes fewer muscles in your face to smile than to frown. Don't dwell on your pains, worries, and disappointments. Others have them too.

6. If you have any virtues, let them speak for themselves and refuse to talk of another's vices. Discourage gossip. Make it a rule to say nothing of another unless it is something good.

7. Preserve an open mind on all debatable questions. Discuss but do not argue. It is a mark of superior minds to disagree and yet be friendly.

8. Be careful of another's feelings. Wit and humour at the other fellow's expense are not worth the effort and may hurt.

9. Pay no attention to ill natured remarks about you. Simply live so that nobody will believe them.

10. And whatever is true, whatever is lovely, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.

1 comment:

  1. That's fantastic! Sure are wise words! Thanks for sharing them.