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Saturday, May 2, 2015

A Compendium of Good Advice

Michelle & Desiderata
Allston Rock City
My birthday post last week ("45 Things I Know") reminded me of something. On September 1st 2012, I hosted a group project on my Facebook wall in which I invited my friends to participate in compiling a new world compendium of good advice, something like the Desiderata. 

It came out pretty good. 



Before you gossip about another person, look into a child's face and consider what she/he is about to hear you say. 
Look behind you at the cash register, and if the next customer only has one item compared to your full basket, invite them to go ahead. 
Use deodorant, especially in summer, and most especially if you take public transportation. 
Floss. 
Everyone has a bad day. If someone snaps at you or acts rude, take a deep breath and let it go. Think of their act as a spark, and you have the power to either douse it with kind understanding, or pour gasoline on it by responding to rudeness in kind. 
Don't interrupt. 
Be pleasant to waiters and waitresses. All of them, always. Tip generously. 
Say hello and smile. 
Unclench. 
Hold the doors for others. 
Take time to appreciate music and art. Both can be found everywhere. 
If you see someone with food in their teeth, a zipper flying low, or their slip showing, take them aside and tell them, stranger or not. 
Always say please and thank you. 
Always be polite and appreciative. 
Learn how to sincerely apologize. 
Talk to kids with respect and dignity. It'll teach them they're worthy of both. 
Smile at everyone. Mean it. 
Be the honey, not the vinegar. 
Be open, listen, think before you speak. Take time to consider the options and the consequences. 
Make a conscious decision every day about the kind of person you want to be. 
Listen to the truth that is inside you and do what is right, regardless of how others act, regardless of your own past mistakes or regrets. 
Make eye contact. Everyone is worth that and it is the least you could do. 
Letting go is liberating. Lighten the soul. 
Take responsibility for your trash/waste. Recycle. 
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children. 
Engender empathy. 
Be yourself.

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