Friday, July 11, 2008

Ten pieces of random advice as provided by: Dave

1. Take at least one week of vacation every year where you totally disconnect from your work life. If you are in a relationship, go with that person. If you are single, travel with friends or even by yourself. Do not check work email and minimize personal email. Screen cell phone calls; take only the important ones from people you know.

2. Never go around lowered railroad crossing gates. Besides the danger to yourself, so many people don't think about the stress and trauma a train engineer endures.

3. Don't forget to take time for yourself. No matter what your relationship status, do something for yourself, and only yourself, at least one hour a week.

4. Be passionate about whatever it is you feel passionate about--defend or promote it vigorously and don't apologize for doing so.

5. Don't rush into buying a house. Don't listen to people that tell you that you "must" buy a house "now".

6. You'll know when you've met the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Trust me. I didn't believe that when people used to tell me that either, so have faith.

7. Although they drive you crazy, embarrass you, make you do things you don't want to do, etc, etc, remember, they are your parents and they love you.

8. When you are sad or frustrated, pet a kitty cat. It really helps. (Note for dog lovers: yes, a dog will do as well)

9. Words hurt. Angry words hurt more. Even though its hard, think before you speak. And if you say something you didn't really mean, apologize. Profusely.

10. Don't forget to smile.

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