Thomas Jefferson in 2009

For the new year, I want to put a challenge out there to my readers.  Instead of the yearly resolutions that most of us do not follow, I want to challenge you to use Jefferson’s 10 Rules as guidelines to live by (along with your Bible, of course) in 2009. These 10 simple rules were written by Thomas Jefferson many moons ago and yet I think they are very noteworthy for a fresh new perspective for the upcoming new year.

Jefferson’s 10 Rules

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 earned it.

4.  Never buy what you don’t want because it is cheap.

5.  Pride cost more than hunger, thirst and cold.

6.  We seldom repent of having eaten too little.

7.  Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.

8. How much pain the evils have cost us that have never happened.

9. Take things always by the smooth handle.

10.  When angry, count to 10 before you speak, if very angry,count to 100.

So what do you think?  Pretty cool, huh? Kinda makes you go “Whoa!  Dude!! T.J. knows what he was talking about!”

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