My father sent me one of those chain emails with a subject line that reads "Handbook 2011." I'd like to retitle it "Handbook for Life."
It reminds me of some of my other favorite "handbooks":
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum
and of course Baz Lurhmann's Sunscreen song:
A boy in college wrote his own version, especially for me, and I still pull it out from time to time, so I'll always remember.
Here's some of my favorite instructions from the email Handbook:
Live with the 3 E's - Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
Forgive everyone for everything.
What other people think of you is none of your business.
Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
What are some of your favorite pieces of life advice? Where do they come from?