MY RULES FOR LIFE
George W. DeHoff
1.) I try never to say anything behind a man’s back that would give me the least embarrassment to say to his face.
2.) I try never to speak back to personal critics – friends do not need to hear the defense and enemies would not believe it.
3.) Every day I greet every person I see with a smile and make a special effort to do so if the person is poor or in unfortunate circumstances.
4.) The first thing when I awake in the morning I plan what my duty for the day is and try to go beyond it.
5.) Every day I read from the Bible and some other good books—feeding the mind and soul is more important than feeding the body.
6.) I try to pay every debt I owe on time and always have something from every pay check, however small.
7.) I like people and never harbor any malice or hatred toward any person in the world; I like places and have yet to be anywhere that I do not like –-I go there with the intention of liking the place.
8.) I am a confirmed optimist believing that even in this life evil men will be punished by their own unhappiness and good men will be rewarded. “It’s better further on.”
9.) I try to close each day as if it were the last day I’d be on earth, closing the books on all regrets, worries, and annoyances.
10.) The last thing I do at night is to count one by one the blessings of the day. This makes me so thankful and happy that I soon drift into pleasant sleep. In this spirit I hope to close life’s journey and drift into eternity.