On Life, Living, and Little Instructions from Jackson Brown

A few years ago, Jack Brown jotted down a list of fatherly advice for his son as Adam left home to begin a new life as a college freshman. That list became Life’s Little Instruction Book, the phenomenal guide that has sold more than five million copies.

So, I came across this book on Academia and you know those itty bit titles that make you scroll down, read and change positions as you flip page after page after page? Yes, this was a good one to read and here are 10 instructions that I loved:

  1. Do a good job because you want to, not because you have to. This puts you in charge instead of your boss.
  2. Don’t take good friends, good health, or a good marriage for granted.
  3. Never type a love letter, use a fountain pen.
  4. Spend your life lifting people up, not putting people down.
  5. Don’t judge a man’s wealth by how well he’s dressed, but by how well his wife is dressed.
  6. When declaring your rights, don’t forget your responsibilities.
  7. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  8. Be forgiving of yourself and others.
  9. Give thanks before every meal.
  10. Don’t judge people by their relatives

So far, my Friday’s been good, I woke up feeling unwell had a quick visit to the clinic and turns out what I do have is a sore throat and signs of a bacterial infection so with lots of antibiotics and the stern warning to take things easy, I did something extra- I cooked. I thought the best thing that I could do to feel good was make chicken stir fry and spaghetti and I even took pictures to gloat!

On writing: I am still at this and working my way back to a routine that involves writing at dawn because I have learned that I have more time when I wake up that I could use to write.

On reading: I am in the company of good books and having read Before the Fall by Noah Hawley, I am currently going back and forth between two titles: Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave and Are Men Necessary by Maureen Dowd.

Have an awesome weekend. Stay safe wherever you are!

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