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*********** Tom Cote's Rules For Living ***********
-------------------------------- 15 DOs & DON'Ts FOR LIVING ---------------------------------------
1) DO face each problem as it comes. You can handle only one at a time anyway.
2) DON'T worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.
3) DO count your blessings, never overlooking the small ones, for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one.
4) DON'T be afraid, for most of the things we fear never come to pass.
5) DO often try to help people. Helping someone adds to your feeling of independence, and relieves stress.
6) DON'T cross bridges before you get to them, for no one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this. 7) DO spend as much time as possible with children. Playing their simple games is a great way of forgetting your problems and relieving stress. The hugs do this also.
8) DON'T take problems to bed with you for they make very poor bedfellows.
9) DO be patient. Rushing causes stress. If it's not an emergency, it is better to let it go if you don't have the time or energy.
10) DON'T borrow other people's problems. They can take better care of them than you can.
11) DON'T try to relive yesterday for good or ill -- it is gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your life today.
12) DO be a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear ideas different from your own. It's very hard to learn something new when you're talking.
13) DON'T become bogged down by frustration, for 90 % of it is rooted in self pity and it only will interfere with positive action.
14) DON'T ever feel embarrassment, for it is only stress in disguise. If you feel embarrassment, think about something else.
15 & most important) DO have fun whenever possible. (and it usually is!)

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