I was inspired by Jefferson after a recent visit to Monticello. I have a print of his “Ten Rules for the Good Life” hanging on my wall at home. I’m inclined to share here:
- Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
- Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
- Never spend your money before you have it.
- Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will never be dear to you.
- Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.
- We seldom repent of having eaten too little.
- Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
- Don’t let the evils which have never happened cost you pain.
- Always take things by their smooth handle.
- When angry, count to ten before you speak; if very angry, count to one hundred.