Saturday, November 1, 2008

I Do Prefer Chain Letters to Have Been Mailed

I just received one of those chain emails for good luck (if you take heed; an "unpleasant surprise" if you're a skeptic) from one of my best college friends. While I usually don't even bother to read these things (they usually take a while to load, what with all the forwarded versions people don't even bother to edit out), this one held my attention because of the following life tips: (Mind you, I'm just sharing. No luck of whatever kind shall befall you if you decide to read, forward, ignore, etc. I don't even agree with all of them.)

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There's some mighty fine advice in these words, even if you're not superstitious. This has been sent to you for good luck from the Anthony Robbins organization. It has been sent around the world ten times so far.

ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other (trait?).
THREE. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have (maybe not this one. yet.) or sleep all you want.
FOUR. When you say, 'I love you,' mean it.
FIVE. When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye.
SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight. (hmmm)
EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone's dream. People who don't have dreams don't have much.
NINE. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.
TEN. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
ELEVEN. Don't judge people by their relatives.
TWELVE. Talk slowly but think quickly.
THIRTEEN. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, 'Why do you want to know?'
FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
FIFTEEN. Say 'God bless you' when you hear someone sneeze.
SIXTEEN. When you lose, don't lose the lesson .
SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.
EIGHTEEN. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
NINETEEN. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
TWENTY-ONE Spend some time alone.

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