MY GUIDING PRINCIPLES 🔦

Inspired by @ListPrompts
  1. [Insert higher power of choice], grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change . . .
  2. . . . the courage to change the things I can . . .
  3. . . . and the wisdom to know the difference.
  4. Every other principle is just commentary, but I love comments so
  5. You shot for the stars, and you hit the roof
    This is self-explanatory, right?
  6. Shakespeare doesn't come to you, you go to it.
    Kevin Kline said this. For me, it applies not just to the Bard but all works of art, experiences, and relationships. I have to meet a thing on its own terms to get anything out of it.
  7. Look good, feel good.
    As a superficial gent, if I like the clothes situation, the day situation greatly improves.
  8. If it's that kind of party, I'm gonna stick my d**k in the mashed potatoes
    Life wants you to go big sometimes. (And as a Sober American, sometimes "big" is quietly leaving the party 😉). Thank you, Paul's Boutique.
  9. Know your strengths, play to them.
  10. Know your weaknesses, respect them.
  11. Surround yourself with people who make you happy.
  12. Avoid people who make you unhappy.
  13. Addiction believes in me.
    When I first got sober, I encountered a lot of skeptics, who would opine unprompted about how they "didn't believe in addiction." I realized that Addiction believes in me, that it is 5 and I am Santa Claus, and never worried about doubters again.
  14. I believe in God, but I don't believe believing in God means I have to hate or disrespect other people.
    Lapsed Catholic, whaddaya do?
  15. Watching R-rated movies isn't a sin AUNT KAREN
    There have been interesting Thanksgivings. Light and love to you, AK.
  16. Hit the delete key every so often.
    This goes for clutter, old clothes, books/movies, friendships, lists (garbage drafts, I release thee). So I can see the path.
  17. Laugh at myself.
    At times of my own choosing, over things someone else might not find funny, but still.
  18. People who ask advice mostly just want you to listen.
    At one point I realized my advice had a 0% engagement rate, so I stopped talking and things seemed to go better.
  19. My body needs me to work it.
    To get good results standing/walking/breathing/existing, I've got to put the right things in it and do the right things with it.
  20. A broken clock is right twice a day.
    I saw this on a fortune cookie when I was a kid. It has stayed with me ever since. I may be screwed up but I am capable of greatness.