Who said that?

It is a big world out there.

Some of life’s best advice comes in small pieces. And we probably can’t recall the exact time, or the place, that we learned those incredible things. Those passing lessons, that make all the difference.

“Look both ways before you cross the street.”

Holy Heavens. That one can take us a lot further than just crossing Main Street. If we could apply that guidance to a variety of circumstances, I’d bet the world would be a better place.

We may as well hear from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe while we are on the topic of making good. He once said, “Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.” Do I ever wish that all people would put this into practice, everywhere, for everything.

My Dad always said that you should leave a place better than the way you found it. That meant from here, to the kitchen, to the tool room, to the very edge of the Universe. And back again.

Some more good things we learn in life? Good advice I’ve heard along the way?

Only pack what you can carry yourself.

Don’t make decisions when you’re angry. Don’t make promises when you’re happy.

If you blame it on someone else, don’t expect it to get better.

“Never argue with a stupid person, they’ll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” — Mark Twain

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” — Fran Lebowitz

“Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.” — Isaac Asimov

“You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, but there will always be someone who hates peaches.” Dita von Teese

Oh, so much advice in this world. And that is the thing about it. We can take it, or we can leave it. And that may make all the difference.