September Pointers (5th of 8 posts)

saying behave betterHere’s the 5th of 8 posts this September highlighting five random pointers or ideas I’ve come across over the years.

They’re from print or are things I’ve overheard. Each one stands alone and they aren’t in any order of importance. I feel that without attributions, each pointer is more impactful and useful. Because they ring true, they don’t need a known name for validation, plus I’ve often modified the wording to make it more clear to me.


– Make haste, slowly.

– Telling stories using real people is the most compelling way to get an idea across to someone.

– An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.

– Most health advice can be summed up like this: Eat less, move more, sleep enough, and relax.

– So here’s something true, although it’s a little corny: What I regret most in my life are my failures of kindness. Those moments when another person was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded…sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly. Or ask yourself, “Who, in your life, do you remember most fondly, with the most undeniable feelings of warmth?” Those who were kindest to you, I bet. It’s a little bit neat and tidy maybe, and certainly hard to implement, but I’d say, as a goal in life, you could do worse than: Try to be kinder.