A talented artist I know, Jon L. Adams, includes a personal manifesto on his website. It got me thinking about what I believe and how I want to live. I’m sure I’ll be adding to this list, but for now, here it is:
Love is a renewable energy source. Keep giving it away. You’ll never run out.
Ask questions. People love to talk about themselves.
Listen like you don’t have another thing to do.
Words can be lethal weapons. Choose them wisely. Once spoken, they can never be taken back.
Give away the last dollar in your pocket. It will come back to you tenfold.
Protect those who can’t protect themselves.
Live, work, and love with passion.
If you hate your life, stop complaining and make a new one.
Unstick those tight muscles, work that jaw, and smile.
When you’re outside, really breathe.
Daydream often. What can be visualized can become reality.
Believe in a force greater than yourself. Call it what you will.
Find the gem in everyone you meet, even if you have to dig through a ton of coal.
Believe people when they tell you who they are. But then look beyond their faulty self-vision.
Never mistake a thin, sheetrock wall for an impenetrable fortress. If there’s a moat and the drawbridge isn’t lowered, swim across. Most people want to be found.
Watch a child sleep. There’s no greater peace.
When a friend can’t stand on his own, carry him on your back.
Giving is its own reward.
Show appreciation always.
Tell/show people you love them always.
Respect yourself and others.
Sit still in nature every day and appreciate the miracle around you.
Try new things and meet new people.
Read, read, read, and learn.
Write, write, write. There is nothing that can’t be worked through once it’s written on a piece of paper.
Fight injustice wherever it rears its ugly head.
Laugh some more.
Apologize sooner rather than later. Less time wasted.
Eat really good food and work those muscles.
Grow old gracefully.