1. Integrity: Grandpa’s right, a handshake is all we need
Your name and your word…two of your most valuable possessions. Do NOTHING to mar them. Karl Maeser, an educator once said, “Place me behind prison walls-walls of stone ever so high, ever so thick, reaching ever so far into the ground-there is the possibility that in some way or another I may escape; but stand me on the floor and draw a chalk line around me and have me give my word of honor never to cross it. Can I get out of the circle? No. Never! I’d die first!”
2. Complaining isn’t productive…Stop it.
A respected educator and community leader, Jeffrey Holland, once said, “No misfortune is so bad that whining about it won’t make it worse”. Well said.
3. Never Give Up
Attack challenges like Jimmy Shea, Olympic Skeleton Gold Medalist. Jimmy, had circulatory problems in one leg, which are so critical to the running start. On the final run, he was behind midway through his run and went into the final turns: 13,14 & 15. The Doc had wanted to perform surgery before the Olympics. Nope. During that year leading to Olympics he walked every inch of the track every day looking for every advantage. He found it in turns 13,14&15.
4. Risk it
Take chances in life. As a risk-adverse person by nature, I kept on my office wall at work the reminder by the Great One,”100% of the shots you don’t take don’t go in”. Wayne Gretzky.
5. Positive Attitude – Take sunshine with you everywhere you go
If there’s any big truth about life, it’s that it is shaped by your attitude. There is a story told about a stranger coming to town and asking if the town was friendly. He was asked if he came from a similar town and when he responded that he had, he was told, “You’ll find the same here”. Another stranger came to town and asked if the town was unfriendly. He also was asked if came from a similar town. When he responded that, yes, “my town was unfriendly”, he was told, “You’ll find the same here.” If, for example, you believe there is good everywhere and a silver lining in every situation, guess what? You’re probably right.
6. Give a gift to everyone you meet.
I’m not talking about a formal, wrapped-up present. Your gift can be your smile, a word of thanks or encouragement, a small touch, a gesture of politeness, even a friendly nod. If you feel something, say something.
7. Assume people have good intentions.
Since you can’t read minds, you don’t really know the “why” behind the “what” that people do. Imputing evil motives to other people’s weird behaviors adds extra misery to life, while assuming good intentions leaves you open to reconciliation.
8. Forgive those who you believe wronged you
Mahatma Ghandi, preeminent pacifist, once said, “An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” We all are imperfect and require forgiveness regularly…be cool, grant it as well.
9. Make a blooming decision would you!
Never let indecision impede your progress in life. Though his name and thoughts at times were a little goofy, Yogi Berra had it right, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”