July 11, 2009

101 Words of Wisdom (1-20)

In a week and a half I’ll be 38 years old. I like this age. I’m old enough to have gained some experience but not too old so that I can’t benefit from that experience. And, as I think of all I’ve learned, I realize that I want to pass some of this wisdom down to my children. So over the next few weeks I plan on completing 101 Words of Wisdom for my children.

  1. Say “Please” and “Thank you.” Being grateful for what comes your way will keep you grounded.
  2. Honor your elders. They paved the way for all that you have today.
  3. Always include time for exercise in your life. In the end, your health is all you have.
  4. Don’t waste time worrying about what others think. A very wise Doctor once said, “Those who mind, don’t matter. And those that matter, don’t mind.” (Dr. Seuss)
  5. Eat sweets in moderation. Short-term pleasure doesn’t out weigh long-term consequences.
  6. Be generous with compliments. They are the real currency of life.
  7. Don’t worry about money. Never spend what you don’t have and you’ll be fine.
  8. Plan for the future. Learn to balance short-term and long-term goals.
  9. Laugh often. Nothing is more therapeutic than laughing out loud.
  10. When meeting someone for the first time, always stand and shake their hand. First impressions count.
  11. Never let anything come between you and your sibling. Family bonds will see you through the toughest of times.
  12. Give to charity. Devoting Time, Treasure or Talent in helping others less fortunate is a great reward.
  13. Never stop learning. When you think you know it all, you don’t.
  14. Take time to play with kids. They keep you young.
  15. Learn to write well. The power of the written word can topple regimes and warm hearts.
  16. Always use your turn signal. It’s like saying “excuse me” when stepping in front of someone.
  17. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Your integrity is one of your most important assets.
  18. Eat a piece of fresh fruit once a day. If you’re living in California, you have no excuse.
  19. Call your mother. She worries about you.
  20. Call your father. He misses you when you’re not around


  1. Hey, I’ll be 38 next week too! (The 14th). Not sure I could compile a list of TEN things much less 100. Smartypants. :)

    Comment by Kate — July 12, 2009 @ 12:22 am

  2. I like #4. It’s one of my favourite quotes.

    I just turned 35, and I have to say that I’m enjoying my 30s a lot more than I thought I would. It’s good to be wise and still young enough to benefit from it, like you said. :)

    Comment by MommaSunshine — July 12, 2009 @ 7:16 am

  3. I am turning 38 in the fall. Love the list, can’t wait to see the rest. Going to keep these it is good for all to remember. Smiles.

    Comment by Tracy (@redvu9395) — July 12, 2009 @ 7:42 am

  4. I love this list. And the idea of doing something like it for my kids. Might take me a year to come up with 101 things though.

    Which day is you birthday? I know it while we are at BH, but which day? Have to know which day I’m buying your drinks. :)

    Comment by Issa — July 12, 2009 @ 9:02 am

  5. You are OLD. ;) But these are excellent words of wisdom. I look forward to seeing the rest of the list!

    Comment by Deanna — July 12, 2009 @ 7:52 pm

  6. A caveat to #16–use it, but for Christ’s sake turn the thing off once you’ve made your turn!

    Comment by Ed (zoesdad) — July 12, 2009 @ 9:15 pm

  7. I like number #2.

    Comment by Grandmother — July 13, 2009 @ 9:58 am

  8. Amen for #2.

    Comment by DCUrbanDad — July 15, 2009 @ 10:16 am

  9. I love when you do these lists. ;)

    Comment by KandJsmom — July 30, 2009 @ 8:20 am

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