March 1st, 2023
Last weekend Teri and I went to a small concert venue in West Virginia called the Purple Fiddle. It’s part of our get out and do fun stuff plan to not get old. We had heard that this place attracted great bands and some fun people. We arrived at the venue early so we could get a seat which left plenty of time to meet folks. There’s something about a shared experience that encourages people to share their stories. We met Dave and Holly, who were on their second date. I struck up a conversation with Ryan, a young man who was wearing a Tom Petty ’08 concert tour t-shirt. I loved Tom Petty, but Ryan’s been a fan since he was 18!
After the concert, which was awesome, I started reflecting on how important it is to engage in your own life. I want to live my best life, and to me, that means that I have to make the effort to do more than sit idly by in both my personal life and in my professional life.
Long before Ryan went to his first Petty concert, I had a friend who ran a wholesale agency in Kentucky. I recently came across a letter he sent me in 2002 after one of our biggest carriers decided they would exit the commercial insurance business. Along with the letter he enclosed a list of “Twenty-One Keys to a Happy Life”. I hope you don’t mind me sharing this with you.
Twenty-one Keys to a Happy Life
1. Compliment three people every day
2. Watch a sunrise
3. Be the first to say "Hello"
4. Live beneath your means
5. Treat everyone as you want to be treated
6. Never give up on anybody; miracles happen
7. Forget the Jones’
8. Remember someone's name
9. Pray not for things, but for wisdom and courage
10. Be tough-minded, but tender-hearted
11. Be kinder than you have to be
12. Don't forget that a person's greatest emotional need is to be appreciated
13. Keep your promises
14. Learn to show cheerfulness even when you don't feel it
15. Remember that overnight success usually takes 15 years
16. Leave everything better than you found it
17. Remember that winners do what losers don't want to do
18. When you arrive at your job in the morning let the first thing you say brighten everyone's day
19. Don't rain on other people's parades
20. Don't waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them
21. Keep some things to yourself
This is a good reminder to me about how to live the best life!
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