As election week continues, I thought some thought provoking inspiration from H. Jackson Brown Jr., author of one of my favorite books filled with inspirational quotes: Life’s Little Instruction Book would be refreshing. The book was a  New York Times  bestseller in 1991 with its sequel  Life’s Little Instruction Book: Volume 2  also making it to the same best seller list in 1993.

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Life’s Little Instruction Book by H Jackson Brown Jr.

Here’s a few to ponder:

1. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day.

2. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.

3. Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures.

4. Overtip breakfast waitresses.

5. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have.

6. Never resist a generous impulse.

7. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

8. Never go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink.

9. Leave everything a little better than you found it.

10. Call your mother. 

Jackson Brown originally wrote  the book as a gift for his son who was leaving home to begin his freshman year in college. Brown says, “I read years ago that it was not the responsibility of parents to pave the road for their children but to provide a road map, and I wanted to provide him with what I had learned about living a happy and rewarding life.   “Most of us already know how to live a successful and purposeful life,” says Brown. “We know we should be more understanding and thoughtful, more responsible, courageous and appreciative. It’s just that we sometimes need reminding.” 

His publications are universal in appeal with more than 30 million copies in print. Available in 35 languages, his books inspire and enchant readers throughout the world. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee. The books have spawned calendars, posters, apparel items, daily journals, greeting cards, audiocassettes, screensavers and even fortune cookies.

Inspiration from Life’s Little Instruction Book