Words to Live By

A person’s approach to life, work and play can sometimes be summed up in a simple expression or two. In considering the phrases that I live by, I realized that they are rather simplistic. But I suppose that’s not necessarily a bad thing. These are the rules I try to live by:

  1. Keep it simple
  2. Giving is more rewarding that receiving
  3. Don’t mistake luck for skill
  4. Good judgment is key to success
  5. When in doubt, deep fry

Poor Richard's AlmanacThere are a whole lot of values missing from the list: spirituality, work ethic, civic responsibility, just to name a few. And my interpretation of each phrase may be much different from the obvious. Especially rules 1 (for me it also relates to materialism, in addition to work and other things) and 2 (pertains to family and friends, not to charitable organizations). But in the end these are the phrases that resonate most with me.

I’ve already discussed a bit of rule 1 in a previous post about my friend Jason A. At some point in the future I will elaborate on the rest of them here on SuckyBlog. For now, you can contemplate them as standalone expressions, totally unspoiled by my verbosity and open to your personal interpretation.

These are the words I live by. What are yours?

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Those are good words to live by, I think. Although too much of rule #5, and you render the other rules kind of moot, if you take my meaning.

My own? A few from Twain:
-Be good, and you will be lonesome.

-I never let my schooling get in the way of my education.

-Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

Mahd: Yes, too much of number 5 may not be a good thing. But here’s another one (call it 5a): Who cares if it takes 10 years off your life. They’re the last 10!

Ok, that was funny when I was a teenager, but now that I am much closer to the last 10 years of my life I guess it’s a bit sobering. *whimper*

I like your rules and they match mine. Well, maybe not #5. Mine would be: if in doubt, abstain.
And I have a many more circumstancial rules.
Thanks for dropping by my blog!

5c When in doubt, trust your insticts. They rarely let you down.

And get adequate sleep!

The Golden Rule… “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is one I aspire to.

Thanks for stoppin’ by my place!! :)

Fitena: Yes, your number 5 would likely lead to a much longer life than mine!

CB: Sometimes I think the trust your instincts rule only applies to women. The guy version would be something like: “When in doubt, listen to the big head and not the little head.” :)

Karen: Ahhh the universal rule. Yes that is one to live by for sure.

Man – i could go one simpler. But i’d have to gather my words together properly.

1. Love God and Follow Jesus
2. If its worth having it is worth giving away.
3. Choice is everything.
4. Expect nothing of others except that they will be themselves.

I’d have to agree with all of your choices, except number 5. Is there an opt out clause?:)

Hi Jack ~~ Liked your words to live by,
but do not deep fry. I like No1 best, with a slight variation “KISS ~~ Keep it
simple stupid” Means the same. Thanks for your visit and glad you liked the balanced
diet joke (chocolate bar in each hand.)
Cheers, Merle.

Janet: Yes, it seems that consensus is that number five is not quite in keeping with the rest!

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