A Few Rules to Living a Good Life According to Me.
Some are my own, some are stolen from people whose lives I want to imitate.
- It’s more important to be kind than it is to be right.
- Be a bird and nature watcher
- Thank the bus boy/gal
- Get down on the floor to play with little kids and give them your full attention
- Go on vacation every year even if it’s just tent camping for a weekend
- Admit when you’re wrong.
- Send your grandma a card. For no reason
- Clap when they sing an awesome song at church
- If a street performer’s show makes you stop, give him a buck.
- Smile at strangers.
- If you wear heels, don’t complain about it.
- Take time to admire the sunrise and sunset
- Read the Bible, belong to a church family
- Serve Others
- Be the first to apologize.
- Don’t answer the phone during dinner.
- Don’t watch TV during the day
- Pray without ceasing
- Play ball with your dog. Often.
- Read a lot
- Subscribe to magazines – they are a great deal
- If you make a promise, keep it.
- Look nice when you leave the house. Unless you are going to the gym.
- Stay humble.
- Listen twice as much as you talk.
- You don’t have to be the smartest or the fastest, but be the toughest.
- Give credit, take blame.
- Make the little things count.
- Cherish friends – they make life fun
- Tell your friends how awesome they are and how much you appreciate them
- Be nice whenever you can. Just because.
And I’m illustrating that last point (Be Nice Just Because)
with these sweet little portraits I captured recently.
I was at the park waiting for a client to arrive when I happened to see this family across the park.
Mom had just answered a ringing cell phone and from the look on her face it wasn’t good news.
Clearly they were dressed for portraits and soon it was obvious to me from 50 feet away
that their photographer had cancelled.
Then my own clients arrived and we began our session, but a few minutes later,
I noticed mom trying to take the kid’s picture with her cell phone.
I asked if I could take some photos for them after my session was complete.
She agreed so we met back about 20 minutes later.
I only had a few minutes until my next family arrived but we spent some quality time together
and I was able to capture these beautiful portraits.
Mom wanted to pay me, but I insisted that it be my gift.
(And we both walked away with huge grins on our faces!)
After I sent her these portraits for her Christmas cards, she sent me the sweetest note:
Oh my gosh, thank you so very much!!!
I cannot believe how blessed I was yesterday to have met you!
I am so thankful for you taking pity on me!!!
I was so ready to breakdown and you came and saved me from a
pretty disastrous start of my day.
In so little time you were able to capture my little crazies.
There just are not enough words to express just how
touched I was by your kindness.
I hope you are abundantly blessed in return.
I absolutely love the pics and can see what great talent you have.
My oldest Donovan wanted to say something as well, so here is his message…..T
hank you sooo much for taking amazing pics, also I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.(Donovan)
Again, we cannot begin to thank you enough, I look so forward to working with you in the near future. We will be needing to take a family portrait soon and cannot imagine anyone else! Thanks again!!! May God Bless you abundantly!
Best Regards ,
The Golden Rule: “Do to others what you want them to do to you.”
Happy New Year!