When all else fails, go for a walk to clear the mind and breakthroughs will likely happen
If you do your best, nothing else matters
Give people more than they expect
Grades don’t tell a person how good of a student you are
Savor some quiet each day to get your bearings
If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, will you have time to do it over?
Admitting when your wrong and when you’ve made a mistake goes a long way as well as apologizing first
Remain humble and modest and you will be liked: arrogance and self-centeredness is a turnoff
Look people in the eye, smile, and give them a firm handshake
Never assume anything. Find out for yourself about an issue and also give people the benefit of the doubt first
Make your own judgments; don’t accept others’ judgments about someone
Be willing to give second chances; you may need the same sometime
Send handwritten thank you notes; they leave a bigger impression
Be as low maintenance to others as possible
Under-promise and over-deliver
There will always be someone wealthier, prettier, (fill in the blank) than you and someone poorer, not as smart, (fill in the blank) as you.
Smile and be first in saying a warm greeting to the clerk, checkout person, etc.
People, events, and things enter your life for a reason; pay attention to them and the messages they carry for you
Always bring a sweatshirt just in case
If it was meant to be it will happen
You have a choice about what you put in your mind—once its there, it’ll always be there
Have courage, be brave, and believe in yourself and others will see the same in you
God will take care of you, no matter what happens
Things happen to you for reasons that you may not understand right away
Kindness is effortless; anger takes work
Remember that wherever you go and whatever you do, you represent yourself, your family, your community, and your country
If you’re worrying, you should be praying also
Things are never as bad as they seem the next day
How you live, spend your money, and spend your time are your religion
Nobody remembers how fast you did a job, but they will remember how well you did it.
Everything you do is creating some kind of memory (good or bad)
Sometimes the worst teachers make the best motivators to be better
There’s always something positive in every bad situation; look for that positive thing
Amy writes a humor column based on rural living and ranch life from the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. She and her husband raise their two kids on a fourth generation cow/calf operation near Pringle; the Elk Capital of South Dakota.