This was on my old blog and I found it reposted over on Tammi’s MySpace blog while doing some surfing. I think it’s important enough to repost. So here’s what I’ve got for you today, a dozen rules to live by. In no particular order.
01) Never say anything disparaging about your mother, wife, girlfriend, sister, or daughter to your friends. Why? Why do you have to ask? Okay, look if you say it to them, they’re going to feel that its okay for them to say such things and then they’re going to be confused when you punch them out. See rule two.
02) If somebody is talking shit about your mother, wife, girlfriend, sister, or daughter. You need to ask them to shut their fucking mouth or shut it for them. Got it? Good.
03) Give your word sparingly and once given move heaven and earth to keep to your word. You make a promise, you keep that promise. If you’re not going to keep to your word, don’t give it.
04) Take friendship seriously. Give your friendship only to those who are worthy and then back them with everything you’ve got. If you’ve chosen well, they’ll do the same for you. If you choose poorly, well, it’ll be too late when you find out.
05) Be honest with yourself and with others. A lie is a lie and a lie is never good. A lie of omission is still a lie and the truth may hurt but its still the truth.
06) Do your best or do nothing. Nobody wants anything thats only done half-assed.
07) Love and care for your family always. I don’t care if youre a moody teen, a step-parent, or a cousin. You take care of your family. You just do.
08) Be calm, patient, and slow to anger. But when the fight comes to you, make sure you finish it.
10) Embrace life and live it as best you know how. Seek the joy in all things. Nobody wants to see you mope around with a frown on your face.
11) In all that you do, consider the benefit or harm to yourself, your children, and your family.
12) Courage and honor endure. Their echoes remain when all else has vanished.
These tenants were true when I wrote them the first time a year-and-a-half ago and I’d say that I’m striving even harder now to live by them at this point in my life.
Happy Birthday to My Mom!
Now get off the computer and go do something. Later.