Old year points to ponder

Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.

When you say, “I love you,” mean it.

When you say, “I’m sorry,” look the person in the eye.

Believe in love at first sight.

Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.

Don’t judge people by their relatives.

Talk slowly but think quickly.

Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

Call your mom.

Say “bless you” when you hear someone sneeze.

When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.

Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

When you realise you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

Marry a man/woman you love to talk to.

Spend some time alone.

Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Read more books.

Live a good, honourable life and when you get older and think back and you’ll enjoy it a second time.

Trust in God but lock your car.

Create a tranquil, harmonious and loving atmosphere in your home.

In disagreements, deal with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

Read between the lines.

Share your knowledge.

Be gentle with the Earth.

Pray. There’s immeasurable power in it.

Never interrupt when you are being flattered. Take the compliment and say thank you.

Mind your own business.

Go someplace you’ve never been before.

If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others.

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.

Learn the rules then break some but know the difference between the two.

The best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need.

Judge your success by what you are and not what you have.

Approach love with reckless abandon.

Don’t be stingy and mean spirited; ever!

Remember that your character is your destiny.

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Catherine Tyson is the author of I’m Somebody’s Mama and host of the Lighten Up Show With Catherine Tyson on Cayman 27.