Actually it was a list of HIS regrets, and he summed ’em up with one word — “don’t.”
They’re so good, I just have to share them, along with my brief comments. Here goes…
— DON’T BUY THINGS. Instead, buy experiences.
— DON’T DO ANYTHING YOU DON’T WANT TO DO. Eventually, it turns to madness.
— DON’T TRY TO PLEASE PEOPLE. Most of the time, it leads to heartache — yours.
— DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH SOMEONE WHO IS IN LOVE WITH SOMEBODY ELSE. C’mon, you know you’ve done it!
— DON’T MAKE PROMISES YOU CAN’T KEEP. Pay attention, marketers.
— RUN. DON’T WALK. James means this literally as well as figuratively. I prefer the figurative interpretation.
— DON’T WAIT FOR THEM TO SAY “YES.” Adds James, “Say yes to yourself first and everyone will say yes later.” Terrific point.
— DON’T STEAL PAPERCLIPS FROM THE OFFICE. Be honest in everything. James points out that “a million paper clips in life add up to what you are, a mishmash of twisted metal.”
— DON’T EAT BAD FOOD. And that includes wolfing down the evening news, gossip at the Xerox machine, and shitty remarks made by family members.
— DON’T REGRET. Live in today. Get rolling, fer kryssakes!