Mental Health, Mindfulness, Organization, Relationships

Is There an Instruction Manual for this Life?

Some days, I wish there was an instruction manual that went along with life.  Like on the days you are having a hard time and just need guidance.  Or on the days where you want to learn how to be a better person.  Well, I’m happy to tell you…there is one!

Yes, I’m talking about The Complete Life’s Little Instruction Book that was written in 1990 and published over and over again since then.  It’s a simple book, one written by a dad for his son.  The premise of the book was that of a gift this dad was going to give his son at the start of freshman year of college.  This dad felt it would be a wonderful gift to give his son.  A collection, if you will, of things that had positively influenced this dad during his own life…his own journey.

If you haven’t picked up this book, I HIGHLY encourage it.  The original book was just 511 tidbits to remember or think about when we’re traveling through life.  The copy I have is up to 1,560.  And while you may not agree with each and every morel given to the reader, there are plenty that will fill your life with joy and bring a smile to your face.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Have a firm handshake.
  • Learn to make great chili.
  • Be forgiving of yourself and others.
  • Be a student in some kind of class.
  • Take lots of snapshots.
  • Put the cap back on the toothpaste.
  • Let people pull in front of you when you’re stopped in traffic.
  • Don’t mess with drugs, and don’t associate with those who do.
  • Smile a lot.  It costs nothing and is beyond price.
  • Give yourself a year and read the Bible cover to cover.
  • Respect your children’s privacy.  Knock before entering their room.
  • Wear audacious underwear under the most solemn business attire.
  • Keep your desk and work area neat.
  • Never give up on what you really want to do.  The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.

This is just a handful and there are plenty more.  Out of this list, do any make you smile?  Do any make you think of others you could add to the list?  Does reading this list make you want to start your own?  I hope so!

This book got me thinking.  Yes, there is already an instruction manual written for us.  But why not write our own?  Life is not to be lived  perfectly and in all honesty, there is no manual that is going to tell you how to live it that way.  Instead, live life to the fullest without harming yourself or anyone else and learn to live a wonderful life full of joy!

As you start your own list, share your first rule for living a spectacular life.  Mine?  Be kind to yourself and those around you.  

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