Dan Trathen DMin, PhD Clinical Psychologist & Certified Business & Life Coach

Principle of Practical Living

I recently came across a similar list penned by Thomas Jefferson, February 25, 1825, in a letter to his name sake, a friends’ young son.  His list was entitled, “A Decalogue of Canons for Observation in Practical Life.”  Maybe this list will jog your mind into remembering what your parent, teachers, or grandparents said to you. 

             1. Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

             2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.

             3. Never spend your money before you have it.

             4. Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will not be dear to you.

            5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.

            6. We never repent of having eaten too little.

            7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.

            8. How much pain have cost us evils which have never happened.


            9. Take things always by the smooth handle.


            10. When angry, count ten seconds before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.

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