i saw the following text as a blog on my mate -XH-'s blog... i've copied the body of the blog and made changes on how i'd comment on it :)
Got a fwd email abt life – the things in bracket are my responses . A kind of small retrospection.
Have a firm handshake.
(I do, but not to prove my 'macho' worth)
Look people in the eye.
(make sure they are not intimidated tho)
Sing in the shower.
Own a great stereo system.
(i hope a home-theatre and a worldspace receiver count in this!)
If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
(try and avoid the fight, but if you hit... hit to draw blood)
(i beg to differ, my life is open, everyone knows everything about me... but, yes, i do keep secrets that others ask me to keep for them)
Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.
(waking up everymorning itself is a miracle!)
Always accept an outstretched hand.
(only if it's for friendship or asking for help)
Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
Avoid sarcastic remarks.
(umm, too tough to do, i am sarcasm personified :( )
Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery.
(ALL BULL! i met my life's mate and in 5 days we decided to get married... haven't regretted that decision even once!)
Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
(if they don't find it out, why will you do it?)
Lend only those books you never care to see again.
(if you like books, don't ever lend them!)
Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.
(true - this is something i care a lot)
When playing games with ! children, let them win.
(will try not to cheat next time)
Give people a second chance, but not a third.
(give a chance only if you believe that the person has a potential to improve...)
Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
(just too tough to do sometimes)
Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
(true - thing life taught me)
Don't allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It's there for your convenience, not the caller's.
(hmm, will remember it next time)
Be a good loser.
Be a good winner.
(no really, but why?)
Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
(if its a secret you care about, take my word... KEEP IT, DON'T SHARE)
When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
(aise to chipke rahenge ghanto tak)
Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.
(heh thanks to my parents :p)
Keep it simple.
(also, keep it real)
Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
(hmm, still to find someone like this)
Don't burn bridges. You'll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
(i know... still regret burning a lot of them bridges)
Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets
(that's the motto of my life!)
Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the one's you did.
(but dont be reckless)
Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
(do that a lot!)
Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
Take charge of your attitude. Don't let someone else choose it for you.
(hmm, need to work on this sometimes)
Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.
(will surely try)
Begin each day with some of your favorite music.
(thanks to WorldSpace)
Once in a while, take the scenic route.
(heh, heh, do you follow me home?)
Send a lot of Valentine cards. Sign them 'Someone who thinks you're terrific.'
(received a lot them, but never sent one... will do it this year)
Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
(Anser only if you feel like, otherwise dont take the call)
Keep a note pad and pencil on your bedside table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.
(i have a pen and a book :P)
Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
(very true! RESPECT!!!! give it to get it)
Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.
(haven’t send any one flowers till now)
Make someone's day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.
Become someone's hero.
Marry only for love.
(dont think too much to marry... things usually fall in place if 2 'sane' people get married to each other )
Count your blessings.
Compliment the meal when you're a guest in someone's home.
(muft ka khana hai yaar... taarif to karni padegi!)
Wave at the children on a school bus.
(some of them flip back a finger these days)
Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal
(that is the reason i am where i am )
Don't expect life to be fair.
(IT NEVER IS)