Brief notes to improve your relational environment:

by Rod Smith
  1. Deliver your own news – good or bad. Don’t use others as carrier pigeons.
  2. Try not to keep people waiting. While it is sometimes unavoidable, effort on your part to be punctual will speak volumes about you.
  3. Find a way to remember people’s names. You’ll be surprised how much it will do for you.
  4. Spend less than you earn, and save some money every month. Nothing kills enduring happiness as efficiently as debt.
  5. Get out of the middle of other people’s relationships. Avoid being triangled. Remember Piggy in the Middle is not much fun for Piggy.
  6. Tell the truth as kindly and as efficiently as possible.
  7. Do something dangerous or scary every day.
  8. Say yes more than you say no.
  9. Write. There’s a novel within you awaiting an escape.
  10. Read.
  11. Err on the side of trusting too much than on the side of trusting too little.
  12. Say please and thank you as often as possible.

4 Comments to “Brief notes to improve your relational environment:”

  1. Rod, Thank you x12.

  2. Rod,
    Great list! Following these basics will lead to a more harmonious life.

  3. #9. absolutely.

  4. #2– I’m punctual to a fault. If I have to be somewhere at 2pm, I’m usually there at 1:30. Used to drive my ex husband up the wall, because he never showed up anywhere on time, except while he was in the military. I can’t count the number of nights he was supposed to pick me up at work, and an hour later, I’m still waiting.

    #4– Lord I try, but sometimes, it just doesn’t work for me.

    Everything else, I’ve done for years. Life is either a daring adventure– or nothing.

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