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Old Newspaper Clippings

This blog entry really doesn't have much to do about my writing....

The other day I was going through some old stuff of my grandparent's. My Mema was an avid newspaper reader and would rip out clippings and things she found from time to time and save them.  I ran across a clip from the old Ann Landers column that really brought a smile to my face.  

Tips for Life

Give people more than they expect, and do so cheerfully.
Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you’d like.
Don’t say, “I love you,” unless you really mean it.
When you say, “I’m sorry,” look the person in the eye.
Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
Love deeply and passionately.  You might get hurt, but it’s the only way to live life completely.
In disagreements, fight fair. No name-calling.
Don’t judge people by their relatives.
When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, “Why do you want to know?”
Call your mom.
Say, “Bless you,” when you hear someone sneeze,
Don’t let a little squabble damage a good friendship.
When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
Smile when picking up the phone.  The caller will hear it in your voice.
Marry someone you love to talk to.  As you get older, conversation will be the one of the principal elements of your relationship.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Read more books, and watch less TV.
In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.  People who don’t have dreams will never accomplish much.
Never let your mouth get ahead of your head.
Spend some time alone.  Constant socializing can be draining.
Open your mind to change, but don’t let new ideas dilute your principles.
Live an honorable life.  When you get older, you’ll be glad you did.
When you don’t know what to do, pray. You’ll be surprised at how much it will help you decide.
A loving atmosphere in your home is important.  It will also help keep your children from needing therapy.
Judge your success by what you had to give up to get it.
Remember that not getting what you want may be the best thing that never happened to you.
Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
Mind your own business.
Trust in God, but lock your car.

Sometimes I thought saving all of those newspaper clippings just added to the clutter, but I'm glad that I came across this. They are turning out to be a real treasure years after they were saved.  It's these simple things that really make you feel good.  One of my favorite lines in all of this is "Remember that not getting what you want may be the best thing that never happened to you." Sometimes God's best gifts are prayers that he doesn't answer in ways that you think he should have at the time you wanted it. 

While I didn't write this, I'm glad that I can share it with you all and hope that it brings a smile to your face as well!  



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