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ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully. (But sometimes, it helps not to meet others’ expectations.)
TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other. (Is the marrying part necessary?)
THREE. Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want. (I don’t have problems with believing and spending….)
FOUR. When you say, ‘I love you,’ mean it. And there’s no other way of doing it!
FIVE. When you say, ‘I’m sorry,’ look the person in the eye. Some people can still look straight in your eyes even if they’re lying/insincere.
SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married. Skip.
SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight. (I do! But he doesn’t!)
EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone’s dreams. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much. (And yes, for some people, dream is all that they have.)
NINE. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely. (You might? You will! Wanna bet?)
TEN. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling. (Must be a battle of reasons, not emotions, argh!)
ELEVEN. Don’t judge people by their relatives. (Couldn’t agree more. Besides, Jesus came from Adam’s lineage, too.)
TWELVE. Talk slowly but think quickly. (Doing it the other way around would likely lead to disaster.)
THIRTEEN. When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, ‘Why do you want to know?’ (Can’t deliver this nicely…must be my eyebrows…and my “anong-pakialam-mo” look in my eyes.)
FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk. Skip again.
FIFTEEN. Say ‘bless you’ when you hear someone sneeze. Achoo!
SIXTEEN. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. (Because if you do, then you only become a certified loser.)
SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions. (Must be four: Remember the first three Rs always.)
EIGHTEEN. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship. Om.
NINETEEN. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. (Often, sorry is not enough. Make amends ‘no!)
TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice. (Sorry, not for telemarketers. They’re so annoying!)
TWENTY- ONE. Spend some time alone. (Love solitude!)
This is actually a nice piece, full of practical wisdom. I’m sure you got distracted by my side comments–sorry, couldn’t help =(