It’s cliché because it’s true

I post all kinds of quotes, collected wisdom, and—certainly—quite a few clichés. But my primary desire in all of this is to have a place to document the big and little lessons I want to pass on to my sons.  

Every now and then I like to make a list of some essentials.  Here’s what I jotted down today: 

  • Treat people—all people—the way you want to be treated.
  • Try to see the good in everybody. 
  • Be persistent and be willing to be the worst at first.  
  • Be willing to out-wait other people for your chance.  
  • Tell the truth. Lying only makes things worse. Plus, when you tell the truth you never have to remember what you said.
  • Have priorities and allow them to help you make hard decisions. A fox who chases two rabbits catches neither.
  • Carrying hate and resentment is like drinking poison and hoping someone else will die. 
  • Leave things better than you found them. 
  • Never be embarrassed to express your love.