Three weeks! Congratulations; you’ve built up a strong store of skills. In eleven days, we’ll be finished with the primers and we’ll be moving along to routines. This is good stuff. So far we’ve been working on your health, elegance, and dignity. Now I want to focus a little bit on the life of your mind. Here’s habit twenty one: Read the headlines.
We’re adding this to our morning routine. Every morning, I want you to either pick up a newspaper or fire up your computer and to take a gander at what’s going on in your community and in your world. You don’t need to read every word. In fact, just reading the headlines on the main page will do. I just want you to be current.
This benefits you in many different ways. Let me list a few of those benefits: You’ll find some interesting headlines, for one thing, and you’ll genuinely find them fascinating. You’ll find yourself commenting on the news in conversation; by reading the headlines you’ll have conversation fodder. And you’ll be more educated, so you’ll come off as more educated.
Reading the headlines, to be plain, makes your more interested and more interesting.
Let’s move on to the scoring! Give yourself 1 point for each task you achieved today. Then post your score in the comments. I’ll do the same.
1. Apply chap stick.
2. Drink a big glass of water.
3. Sit and stand with excellent posture.
4. Exercise for thirty minutes.
5. Clean your nails thoroughly.
6. Dress in clothes that fit you perfectly.
7. Apply lotion to your feet and hands at bedtime.
8. Wear one piece of pretty jewelry.
9. Wear a dab or a spritz of perfume.
10. Stretch gently for five minutes at bedtime.
11. Floss and thoroughly brush your teeth twice a day.
12. Smile at everyone.
13. Refuse to say anything bad about anyone, including yourself.
14. Remove profanity from your speech.
15. Go to bed in time to get eight hours of sleep.
16. Wear a signature piece.
17. Cook at least one meal with healthy ingredients.
18. Don’t criticize anyone.
19. Look your conversation partners in the eye.
20. Pronounce every syllable when you speak.
21. Read the headlines.
Are you new here? Don’t dive in all at once! Start with Primer One and apply a new concept each day. We’re building habits one day at a time so that we’ll really absorb the lessons. Move slowly, grasshopper!
– Miss Fitzgerald