A Few Simple Guidelines For The New Year


• We will keep things in perspective. We will ever be mindful that no matter how irritating our neighbors, our jobs -- even our politicians -- we are better off than most of the rest of the people in the world.

  • We will get the story right. All of us. Otherwise, it's just gossip. That means asking people, "How do you know that?" rather than just taking their word at face value.
  • We will remember the legacy that our parents left us, and we will resolve to leave a better one for our own children -- and the children of others.
  • We will, from time to time, wander outside on a clear, dark evening and gaze at the stars, to remind us of our place in the universe.
  • We will keep our dogs under control.
  • We will have some fun every day.
    • We will try to do a deed worthy of a Roundup Good Guy T-shirt -- whether we get one or not.
  • We will honor our parents.
    • We will have patience with people, remembering that when they express anger and aggravation, it's not really about us -- it's about their own frustrations in their struggle to become happy.
  • We will lighten up.
    • We will express our good citizenship by writing or calling our government representatives at least two times this next year on issues important to us.
  • We will treat our children as people, not as we treat our pets.
  • We will do our jobs as if the finished product will carry our name on it for all to see.
  • We will remember that our work is more than our job, and our life is more than our work.
  • We will be kind to ourselves, to others, and to the Earth.
  • And, of course, we'll lose a few pounds.

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