This morning, I read the Life Lessons of an 80 Year Old Man.  It really resonated several of the lessons were ones that I learned early in life.  Particularly #31:  Be bold, be courageous.  When you look back in life, you will regret the things that you did not do more than the ones you did.

When facing a life decision, imagine your life at the end and you look back to see if this decision not to do something will be the subject of regret.  It is a good measuring device.

Read the rest of the list.  It is worth passing along.

Life Lessons from an 80 Year Old Man

  1. Have a firm handshake.
  2. Look people in the eye.
  3. Sing in the shower.
  4. Own a great stereo system.
  5. If in a fight, hit first – hit hard.
  6. Keep secrets
  7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen
  8. Always accept an outstretched hand.
  9. Be brave, even when you are not. Pretend, no one can tell the difference.
  10. Whistle.
  11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.
  12. Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this decision, 90% of your life’s misery or happiness will come.
  13. Make a habit of doing something nice for someone who will never find out.
  14. Lend those books that you will never care to see again.
  15. Never deprive some one of hope; it may be all they have.
  16. When playing games with children, always let them win.
  17. Give people a second chance, but not a third.
  18. Be romantic.
  19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  20. Loosen up. Relax.  Except for life & death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
  21. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important matters.  It is there for your convenience, not the callers.
  22. Be a good looser.
  23. Be a good winner.
  24. Think twice before burdening a good friend with a secret.
  25. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
  26. Be modest.  A lot was accomplished before you were born.
  27. Keep it simple.
  28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
  29. Don’t burn bridges.  You will be surprised to find out how many times you have to cross the same river.
  30. Live your life so your epitaph reads, “No Regrets”.
  31. Be bold, be courageous.  When you look back in life, you will regret the things that you didn’t do more than the ones you did.
  32. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
  33. Remember, no one makes it alone.  Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
  34. Take charge of your attitude.   Don’t let someone else choose it for you.
  35. Visit friends and relatives when they are in the hospital.  Only stay a few minutes.
  36. Begin each day with some of your favorite music.
  37. Once in a while, take the scenic route.
  38. Send a lot of Valentines cards, signed by “Someone who thinks you are terrific.”
  39. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
  40. Keep a notepad and pencil by your bedside.  Million dollar ideas strike at 3am.
  41. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, no matter how trivial.
  42. Send your loves ones flowers. Think of a reason later.
  43. Make someone’s day by paying the toll for the car behind you.
  44. Become someone’s hero.
  45. Marry for love.
  46. Count your blessings.
  47. Complement the meal when you are a guest in their home.
  48. Wave at children on a school bus.
  49. Remember that 80% of your success in any job is based upon your ability to deal with people.
  50. Don’t expect life to be fair.