Instructions for Life:
Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
Memorize your favorite poem.
Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
When you say, "I love you", mean it.
When you say, "I'm sorry", look the person in the eye.
Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
Believe in love at first sight.
Never laugh at anyone's dreams.
Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.
In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
Don't judge people by their relatives.
Talk slowly but think quickly.
When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?"
Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
Call your mom.
Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.
When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.
Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps
Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
Spend some time alone.
Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Read more books and watch less TV.
Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll get to enjoy it a second time.
Trust in God but lock your car.
A loving atmosphere in your home is so important. Do all you can to create a tranquil harmonious home.
In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.
Read between the lines.
Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
Be gentle with the earth.
Pray. There's immeasurable power in it.
Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
Mind your own business.
Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth's greatest satisfaction.
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
Learn the rules then break some.
Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other.
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
Remember that your character is your destiny.
Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
Thoughts on Life
you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.
no matter how much I care, some people just don't care back.
it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.
it's not what you have in your life but who you have in your life that counts.
you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes. After that, you'd better know something.
you shouldn't compare yourself to the best others can do.
you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.
it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.
you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.
you can keep going long after you can't.
we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
either you control your attitude or it controls you.
regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be some substance to take its place.
heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
money is a lousy way of keeping score.
my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.
sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones to help you get back up.
sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.
just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.
maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.
you should never tell a child their dreams are unlikely or outlandish. Few things are more humiliating, and what a tragedy it would be if they believed it.
that your family won't always be there for you. It may seem funny, but people you aren't related to can take care of you and love you and teach you to trust people again. Families aren't biological.
no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.
it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you are to learn to forgive yourself.
no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.
our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.
we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.
two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.
no matter how you try to protect your children, they will eventually get hurt and you will hurt in the process.
your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you.
even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.
credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.
the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.
it's hard to determine where to draw the line between being nice and not hurting people's feelings and standing up for what you believe.
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