Two years ago, I divorced my ex-that had the heart-breaking consequence of me being seperated from my son. We still communicate regularly, but he's in another state. Before he left, I wanted to give him something from me that might help him in my absence. I made a small poster containing these things to go by:
1. Never lie – ever. If you always speak the truth, then you always have a clear conscious.
2. If you start something finish it. When you are finishing it, always do your best. No matter how it turns out, you know you did it to the best of your ability.
3. If someone offers you a handshake, accept it. This is a man thing. Handshakes are offers of friendship, a gesture of equality. Accept them as a man would.
4. Make friends. You don’t need dozens of them, but a handful of good friends is invaluable. They are people you can celebrate the good times with, who will share your sorrow and disappointment, and they can last a lifetime.
5. Get involved. Whether it’s school, church, or sports. Life is a lot more fun if you are out there getting into it. High Schools have all kinds of cool clubs and activities. You don’t have to pick a bunch. Just one or two, and go enjoy them.
6. Always look a person in the eye when you are talking. When you do, people will instinctually trust you more.
7. Take a little time every day to be thankful. I know it sounds corny, but there ARE kids out there without shoes or enough to eat. Look around once in awhile and thank God for what you have.
8. Follow your own path, not the one your buddies want you to. You know what is right and what is wrong. Anyone who pressures you to do something that you know is either illegal or dangerous isn’t really a friend.
9. You are of the age now that you have to start thinking seriously about a career. Don’t make a choice because you just don’t know what else you can do. There are thousands and thousands of great jobs out there, and there are all kinds of people that can help you find the one you’ll really love. You have the intelligence to do anything you want to. Don’t be afraid to ask.
10. Work hard and play hard. Take time to laugh and play and relax. And when it’s time to work, do that just as hard. There’s nothing like a good day of relaxation-and there is nothing as satisfying as knowing you did a good day’s work.