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From: Lynn O
Date: 19 January 2012 07:17
Subject: LIFE'S HANDBOOK 2012

   1.       Drink plenty of water. 
   2.       Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar. 
   3.       Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants & has to be killed, bled, cured, aged, smoked, fried, or frozen
   4.       Live with the 3 E's — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy. 
   5.       Make time to pray. 
   6.       Play more games. Feed the birds. Plant flowers or vegetables- even in a pot.
   7.       Read more books than you did in  2011. 
   8.       Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. 
   9.       Sleep for 7 hours. 
 10.       Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile & notice your surroundings, changes in nature every day, & listen to the birds.

   11.    Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. Each person has their place in the scheme of life. 
   12.    Don't have negative thoughts of things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment – do what you can to make the world around you better.
   13.    Don't over do. Keep your limits. Physically, spiritually, financially or emotionally.  Be humble.
   14.    Don't take yourself too seriously.  No one else does. 
   15.    Don't waste your precious energy on gossip. 
   16.    Dream more while you are awake. 
   17.    Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
   18.    Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past.  Don't blame your parents for every problem you have. That will ruin your present. We choose actions & reactions when we become adults.

   19.    Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others. It's easier to understand and move on.
   20.    Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present. Yesterday is gone and you have a limited number of tomorrows.
   21.    No one is in charge of your happiness except you. It's your choice to feel happy or miserable, anger or joy, frustration or acceptance, jealousy or peace, shame or pride. 
   22.    Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime. 
   23.    Smile and laugh more. 
   24.    You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree. 

   25.    Call your family often. 
   26.    Each day give something good to others. 
   27.    Forgive everyone for everything. 
   28.    Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6 
   29.    Try to make at least three people smile each day. 
   30.    What other people think of you is none of your business. 
   31.    Your job won't take care of you when you are sick.  Your friends will.  Stay in touch. 

   32.    Do the right thing!
   33.    Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful. 
   34.    God heals everything
   35.    However good or bad a situation is, it will change. 
   36.    No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
   37.    The best is yet to come.
   38.    When you awake alive in the morning, thank God for it.
   39.    Your inner most is always happy.  So, be happy. 

   Last but not the least: 
   40.    Please forward this to everyone you care about – even if they receive it many times, it will be a reminder on how to have a happy, healthy spiritual life, to enjoy each moment we are granted, and how to live free of conflict in harmony with others.  We only share this earth for a short time – why waste it on hateful thoughts and deeds when there is so much joy and happiness to discover