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My Basic Rules of Life

Updated on June 16, 2017

Through the years (all 55 of them), I have experienced many things and have learned many lessons through personal experience and by watching others. There are a lot of these lessons that I try to live by day to day, but these are some of the most obvious:

1. Don’t wear sunglasses unless you need to wear sunglasses. Don’t wear them indoors or to try to look cool, you’ll just look like an idiot instead.

2. Don’t kill animals for sport.

3. When shaking hands, always look at the other person in the eye.

4. Never use the cruise control when it is raining.

5. Don’t do anything that you may have to lie about later.

6. Always help another in need as much as you possibly can, with whatever means you have available.

7. Be kind to strangers.

8. Say hello to people you pass while walking.

9. Be kind to animals. Take the time to pat a dog’s head.

10. Be a positive influence on a younger person.

11. Always do your best. Always try to do good works.

12. Always keep your word.

13. Treat others the way that you would like to be treated.

14. Give thanks to the Lord above for everything, good or bad.

15. Never do business with your employer.


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    • dotty1 profile image


      7 years ago from In my world

      Great rules, I would only add something I read recently "Never Regret, if it was good, it was wonderfull. If it was bad, it was experience"

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      Del Banks 

      7 years ago from Southern Blue Ridge Mountains

      You are probably right, Larry. I have thought of things already! Thanks.

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      Larry Wall 

      7 years ago

      I am sure you remember the book, "Everything I Know, I Learned in Kindergarten."

      Well, that is impossible, you can start, but you have to go through life to learn all the rules. I think your listing is great and probably by the time you are 60, you will have added to these rules.

      My addition would be, "Never assume you know everything, the ability to learn never ends."

      Great hub.

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      Del Banks 

      7 years ago from Southern Blue Ridge Mountains

      Thank you very much for you comments and kind words, Teaches12345.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      Great rules to live by, badegg. The last one is the best, but I do believe in all of them as being important. And I would add to #4,"no texting" while driving! You are a wise man. Enjoyed the positive flow and advice of ths hub.

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      Del Banks 

      7 years ago from Southern Blue Ridge Mountains

      Thank you so much Sparklea!

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      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Oh, these are SO GOOD! WONDERFUL! THANK YOU! You should send this list to newspapers all over the country! People need to read this! LOVE the one about the sunglasses! Every single one is SO appropriate. Being a passionate animal lover, I hate killing animals, birds, any living creature for sport. There is not one that I disagree with. I hope you spread this far and wide! Voted up, useful and awesome. Blessings Sparklea :)

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      Feline Prophet 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for showing us that leading a good life is really that simple! :)

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      7 years ago from Thailand

      It looks as if you have listed my life rules. Two more and my list will be complete. Nothing is impossible. And, don't worry, be happy. Glad to find one more person with the same attitude towards sunglasses. Voted up.

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      7 years ago from Upper Peninsula, Michigan, USA

      Very good rules. There are so many that we could not ever list them all! I agree about the treatment of animals. Hunting will never be a sport until the animals start firing back. Also, people who don't look me in the eye make me uncomfortable like they have something to hide or don't really care about anything I say. I have left a doctor to find another because he never looked me in the eye. In business of any kind, this shifty eye thing will do nothing for your business or your career.


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