Iris - Heron Dance

Deborah A. Ayers

A letter to Hannah continued

  • If you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything at all. It takes a lot of character to live up to this one but bitter words are extremely destructive. Your grandfather's version of this was, "Watch what you say--you never know who you'll end up working for."
  • The squeaky wheel gets the oil.
    Waiting around for someone to notice you is usually an exercise in futility. Practice shameless self-promotion.
  • Simplify your life and don't spend more than you earn.
    Most problems are tied to money matters. If you're never in debt, you'll have a lot fewer worries.
  • The world doesn't owe you anything.
    You are the only one responsible for your success or failure.
  • Stop and smell the roses.
    Never be too busy or too grown up that you can't laugh and enjoy the wonders of life.
  • Expect the best and you'll usually get it.
    It's amazing how often people meet their own expectations--so aim high.
  • Turn off the television.
    TV and movies are about the biggest waste of time ever invented. Limiting yourself to 2 or 3 hours a week will give you 10 more years to live rather than vegetate.
  • Do what you love.

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Hannah Mason was born April 24, 1998.