My mom is extremely patriotic and she has decided to decorate the living room in the new house with a patriotic/colonial theme. She won't be able to buy her colonial furniture until later this year or even early next year, but she has already started decorating her fireplace and mantel with some patriotic decor. One of the decorations on the fireplace is a framed picture of Jefferson's Ten Rules. I took the time to read them one day and this is what they are:
1) Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
2) Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
3) Never spend money before you have earned it.
4) Never buy what you don't want because it is cheap.
5) Pride costs more than hunger, thirst, and cold.
6) We seldom repent of having eaten too little.
7) Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
8) How much pain the evils cost us that never happened.
9) Take things away by the smooth handle.
10) When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, count a hundred.
I just loved what most of those rules had to say. I especially love the first 3. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did! Maybe we can all learn from these few simple things.