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.
Hannah Mason was born April 24, 1998.