Meet our writers

 







Advice & More May 2018

Leslie Goes Boom

Top 18 Things To Live By

By Leslie Handler

13. Use the fine china. Wear the good jewelry. You can’t take it with you.

14. Don’t wish away today assuming you’ll get to it when you’re old. If you want it, figure out how to do it now.

By now, how many of us have already broken any and all new year’s resolutions? I’ve decided that I’m just going to live by these 18 precepts and forgo any more new resolutions. It seems to be working. What do you think?

  1. Life isn’t fair, get over it.
  2. When you make a resolution, new Year’s or otherwise, take baby steps instead of trying to change everything all at one.
  3. Holding hate and grudges against others, hurts you and not them. Forgive, but don’t be stupid, it’s ok not to forget.
  4. It’s better to be happy than it is to be right.
  5. Eat in moderation most days. If you love chocolate, eat it, just don’t eat a 5 lb. box (at least not all in the same day).
  6. It’s futile to envy others, you don’t know what they really have or don’t have.
  7. You can’t fairly judge others unless you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.
  8. Life is short, if you don’t like the book, don’t finish it.
  9. It’s ok to feel sorry for yourself, as long as it’s for a finite period of time. Then move on.
  10. If you do what you’ve always done, you will surely get what you’ve always had.
  11. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. If you want something, go get it. You are the only one stopping you.
  12. Others can make you unhappy, but only you can make yourself happy.
  13. Use the fine china. Wear the good jewelry. You can’t take it with you.
  14. Don’t wish away today assuming you’ll get to it when you’re old. If you want it, figure out how to do it now.
  15. Don’t forget the failures you’ve had for two reasons:  1) As you age, you’ll see how much smaller they were than you thought at the time, and  2) Each failure teaches you something, bringing you closer to success.
  16. If you’re not happy, change something.
  17. Ask for what you want, the worst they can do is say no Then you’re no worse off than before you asked…and they might just say yes.
  18. If you think you have nothing, be grateful for it anyway. There are plenty of people out there who would be grateful for what you don’t realize you do have.

 

Leslie is a 2015 Society of Newspaper Columnists award winner. She currently lives smack dab between Philadelphia and New York City with her husband, 3 dogs, a collection of fish, said husband's cockatoo which she's been trying to roast for dinner for the last 33 years, and a few occasional uninvited guests. LeslieGoesBoom.com.

Meet Leslie