Ten principles to live by‏

Got sent ten principles in my inbox today and thought it was super important to share. I read a lot of self help books and I know that these make me a better mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend and person. I don’t think you can ever stop improving yourself, no one wants to change and it’s not fun or all ways easy and if you don’t want to do it for yourself do it for your children. On days when I don’t want to do what I know I should I think what do I want John to learn? I want to be the best mother I can be.  
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Here are ten great principles to help you live successfully:
Guard your tongue. Always say less than you think and others will respect you.
Make promises sparingly, keep them faithfully, and people will trust you.

Never let an opportunity pass to say a kind word, and some day you will look back with joy and not regret.
Be genuinely interested in others; show it by listening attentively and expressing your appreciation.
Be cheerful. Don’t dwell on your aches and pains; everybody has trouble. There are people in the nearest hospital who would gladly swap places with you.
Keep an open mind and try to get all the facts. Discuss, but don’t argue. Learn to disagree without being disagreeable. Give other people the benefit of the doubt.
Discourage gossip; it’s destructive.
Be sensitive to the feelings of others. If you do, people will consider you to be wise.
Pay no attention to ill-natured remarks about you. Live so that nobody will believe them.

Don’t worry about getting the credit, just keep giving your best and be patient. God records and God rewards!

2 thoughts on “Ten principles to live by‏

  1. October 20, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Great principles, which I try to put into practice :) Thanks for sharing.

  2. October 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    All of these are great principles. Thank you for sharing this.

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