Life's Little Instruction Book : 511 Suggestions, Observations, and Reminders on How to Live a Happy and Rewarding Life
H. Jackson Brown, Jr. originally wrote Life's Little Instruction Book™ as a gift for his son who was leaving home to begin his freshman year in college. Brown says, "I read years ago that it was not the responsibility of parents to pave the road for their children but to provide a road map, and I wanted to provide him with what I had learned about living a happy and rewarding life." Life's Little Instruction Book™ is a guidebook that gently points the way to happiness and fulfillment. The observations are direct, simple, and as practical as an umbrella.
"But it's not just for young people," says Brown. "Most of us already know how to live a successful and purposeful life. We know we should be more understanding and thoughtful, more responsible, courageous and appreciative. It's just that we sometimes need reminding." Life's Little Instruction Book™ is that reminder, as well as the perfect gift for a relative or a friend who needs encouragement at any time of the year.
* Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day.
* Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
* Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures.
* Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks softly.
* Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have.
* Be kinder than necessary.
* Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
* Commit yourself to constant self-improvement.
* Don't major in minor things.
* Never cut what can be untied.
Since its debut in 1991, Life’s Little Instruction Book™ has revolutionized the publishing industry. This little plaid book, which has been embraced the world over, has sold more than nine million copies, spent more than two years atop the New York Times bestseller list, and has been translated into 33 languages. Though originally written as a gift from a father to a son, its simple message has been enjoyed by men and women of all ages around the world
Live And Learn And Pass It On People Ages 5 To 95 Share What They've Discovered About Life, Love, And Other Good Stuff
"On the morning of my fifty-first birthday," writes author H. Jackson Brown, "I thought it would be interesting and maybe even enlightening to jot down a few things more than half a century of living had taught me." Soon he had accumulated quite a list. When a friend said he would contribute a few ideas of his own, Jackson decided to invite other friends and acquaintances -- from kindergarten kids and teenagers to senior citizens -- to join the effort.
Live And Learn And Pass It On contains the best of their answers, the combined wisdom of thousands of years of living. Here is what we have been taught by our parents, spouses, children, pastors, teachers, friends and enemies. They are lessons learned from loving and winning and loving and losing, the school of hard knocks, and the old method of trial and error. "Editing their entries convinced me that wisdom knows no age." Jackson says. "Regardless of how much we know, it is never enough. School is always in session, and life challenges us to excel at being both insatiable student and inspired teacher."
I've learned that a strong code of ethics is as reliable as a compass. -- Age 43
I've learned that you can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. -- Age 7
I've learned that if I eat donuts today I wear them tomorrow. -- Age 39
I've learned that goldfish don't like Jello. -- Age 5
I've learned that I don't feel my age as long as I focus on my dreams instead of my regrets. -- Age 83
I've learned that deciding who you will marry is the most important decision you'll ever make. -- Age 95
I've learned that it's easier to stay out of trouble than to get out of trouble. -- Age 14
I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decisions. -- Age 66
I've learned that it always makes me feel good to see my parents holding hands. -- Age 13
I've learned that life is like a blind date. Sometimes you just have to have a little faith! -- Age 23
"Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity."
"Opportunity dances with those who are ready on the dance floor."
"In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not through strength but by perseverence."
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