1. Change the windshield washer fluid in your car. Yes, this is both a metaphor and a practical admonition. Work on clearing obstacles, smudges, and other icky things blocking your vision. You will be happier and safer.
2. Make all of your expressions of thanks, from the drive-in window to the condolence line, equally sincere. Gratitude needs to multidimensional and felt for the person hearing the words “thank you” to know you mean what you say.
3. Learn to love a pet. Love is hard. A dog or cat (for example) will work with you as you learn.
4. Become a better conversationalist. This means work on your listening skills. Learn how to ask better questions.
5. Don’t let healthy admiration become idolatry.
6. Take care of your body, mind, and spirit. We need you. You matter.
7. Wear comfortable shoes. The journey is long.
8. Keep a record of your days. Whether you call it a journal or notebook doesn’t matter. Leave a record of your time on Earth.
9. Find a way to give joy back to the other people. How can you serve others, give back, and enrich the lives of others in unexpected ways?
10. Take fewer selfies. Share more pictures of the world around you.
–Richard Lowell Bryant
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