Monday, January 28, 2013

Off Topic: More Rules To Help Guide You Through This Confusing Life

Periodically, I like to showcase these silly little rules - I stole the idea from Esquire Magazine.  As a general rule, I try to follow these little prescriptions.  Maybe you will find them helpful too.  Other rules can be found here, here, here, and here.

121.  Even if you're not getting along, everyone needs to be at dinner.  And the radio, TV, computer and cell phone need to be off.

122.  Because kids (yes, even teens) long to make the adults in their lives happy (or at least keep the adults in their lives off their back), expectations and responsibility are the two best things you can give a kid.  But don't bother if you're not going to give them the tools necessary to meet these expectations and responsibilities.

123.  Don't make promises or swear oaths.  Just say what you're going to do and do it to the letter.

124.  Effective lies must be built on a kernel of truth.

125.  "In other words, it's a huge shit sandwich and we're all going to have to take a bite."  - Lockart, "Full Metal Jacket".  Take your bite, live with it for a moment, then move on*.  Think of the most powerful, awe inspiring person you know.  Now take comfort knowing that this is a truism for them as well.

* - Notre Dame's pounding in the national championship comes to mind as a recent shit sandwich I've had to endure.

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