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Thursday, March 5, 2009

From "Lists to Live By"

This is a nice little book I picked up at my local library. It's inspirational and very easy to read. Here's a sample...


  • Don' t spoil me. I know quite well that I ought not to have all I ask for. I'm testing you.
  • Don't be afraid to be firm with me. I prefer it; it makes me feel more secure.
  • Don't let me form bad habits. I have to rely on you to detect them in the early stages.
  • Don't make me feel smaller than I am. It only makes me behave stupidly big.
  • Don't correct me in front of people if you can help it. I'll take much more notice if you talk quitely with me in private.
  • Don't protect me from consequences. I need to learn the painful way sometimes.
  • Don't be too upset when I say I hate you. It isn't you I hate, but your power to thwart me.
  • Don't take too much notice of my small ailments. Sometimes they get me the attention I need.
  • Don't nag. If you do I shall have to protect myself by appearing deaf.
  • Don't make rash promises. Remember that I feel badly let down when promises are broken.
  • Don't forget that I cannot explain myself as well as I should like. That is why I am not always very accurate.
  • Don't be inconsistant. That completely confuses me and makes me lose faith in you.
  • Don't tell me my fears are silly. They are terribly real and you can do much to reassure me if you try to understand.
  • Don't put me off when I ask questions. If you do you will find that I stop asking and seek my information elsewhere.
  • Don't ever suggest that you are perfect or infallible. It gives me too great a shock when I discover you are neither.
  • Don't ever think it's beneath your dignity to apologize to me. An honest apology makes me feel surprisingly warm toward you.
  • Don't forget how quickly I am growing up. It must be very difficult for you to keep pace with me, but please try.
  • Don't forget I need lots of understanding and love.

From: "Lists to Live By, the First Collection"

Don't you agree that this is good advice for any relationship?

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