Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Improve your life (Warning: Low on Absurd Scale!)

I was browsing my Netvibes GTD blog feed this morning (see Az, I really do use it at home!), and I found a really thoughtful post from over at on 10 Virtually instant ways to improve your life -- every single point was something everyone needs to have tattooed to the back of their hand to remember (figuratively speaking, of course).

For example:
Don’t invent rules. A huge proportion of those “oughts” and “shoulds” that you carry around are most likely needless. All that they do for you is make you feel nervous or guilty. What’s the point? When you use these imaginary rules on yourself, you clog your mind with petty restrictions and childish orders. And when you try to impose them on others, you make yourself into a bully, a boring nag, or a self-righteous bigot.
Now, I do have life rules, but they are lessons learned rules, so I think they're okay.

Rule #1
"Always wear comfortable shoes."

Rule #2
"Never live with your best friend."
[Corollary to Rule #2: "Live with someone who can be your best friend."]

There really are only 2 rules, but I'll jokingly add them as they come up. Like, Rule #23 (in the Travel subset of rules) "Always use the bathroom when you get a chance."

Any to add?



Metro said...

Top of my head?
For the married man, via Heinlein:

"In an argument, when you turn out to be right, apologise immediately."

Bob never steered me wrong yet.

PJ said...

"Nothing is ever as good, or as bad, as you think it will be."

raincoaster said...

"Always do oral sex and television when you get the chance." Gore Vidal, who presumably wasn't talking about doing them simultaneously.

Metro said...

What? You don't own a periscope?

Lori said...

Metro, please leave the raincoaster-bashing to your own blog. :p

PJ -- true, true, true.

Wandering Coyote said...

I wore Birkenstocks for my wedding. It was the best decision I ever made.

Lori said...

@wandering coyote
Okay, that was taking rule #1 to an extreme, but all power to ya! :-)