As a kid and until I was a young teenager, I was an energetic Kleptomaniac. I used to steal a lot of stuff and I never knew exactly why I did it. I thought for a long time that I was just a regular, run-of- the mill shoplifter but eventually figured out that I did not take things for their monetary value or the associated gain. It was a thrill-type addiction that should probably fall within the same family as my other charming (OK…dysfunctional) characteristics. The items I took were trivial. Early on, it started with Laffy Taffy and Tootsie Rolls and then progressed to mechanical pencils, camera film, hoop earrings and my eventual favorite; Covergirl lipstick.
I’m sorry, Mom, for this past, objectionable behavior. I wish I could take it back and I believe that I still am paying a price for my historical choices (see Life Rule #5). The good news is that I did quit taking things that didn’t belong to me but moved on to other unconstructive conduct (another blog post.) Despite all of that; I have learned a few things along life’s trip.
Below are my personal “Life Rules” that have kept me in check:
1. I trust my gut. It has made me lots of money and has saved my life.
2. I’ve learned that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.
3. I know that I can keep going long after I think that I cannot.
4. I serve God by serving others.
5. What comes around goes around.
6. I know that my background and circumstances have influenced who I am, but I am responsible for who (and what) I have become.
7. Humility is the finest of all human traits.
8. Others will follow me as a leader if I am honest.
9. I strive to empower those around me through appreciation, attention and approval.
10. Before I reach my goal, I set a new one.
11. I don’t compromise my health.
12. “I love you” comes out of me (or my iPhone) each and every day.
If you are over 21 years of age, ask me about my lucky Life Rule number 13!