Never Put Off Until Tomorrow What You Can Do Today" and that old classic "Do Unto Others..."
But one of the best rules I try to live by is "Leave It Better Than You Found It". Once you get this little phrase knocking around in your noggin, you'll be amazed at how often it applies to your situation. Here are just some of the little ways to try to leave things better as you go through your day.
While Shopping- When you try things on in a store, hang everything you're not buying back up on the right hangers to give back to the salesperson, and pick up any pins or tags that are lying around.
Litter- When I take Skip for a walk and have to use a baggie to pick up her, ahem, deposits, I also pick up whatever stray cigarette butts or gum wrappers are lying around nearby. I am already crouching on the sidewalk with a plastic bag on my hand, so why not?
Bathrooms- When you use a public restroom (or even at a friend's house), replace the toilet paper roll when it's empty, and rinse out the sink when you wash your hands. Even if the mess was there when you got there, the next person is going to think you did it, so you might as well tidy up a bit.
Borrowed Things- If you borrow anything, be it a dress, a car, or a power saw from a friend, give it back in better condition than you got it- send the dress to the dry cleaner, replace the blade on the saw, and fill up the tank on the car. It's still way cheaper than buying your own.
Parties- I'm not suggesting you turn on a loud Huey Lewis song and start a food fight like in some 80's movie, or try to be the life of the party at every shindig you attend, but if you introduce two people who make a connection, man the bar for a little bit (again, no Cocktail- style bottle twirling required) and help clean up a few glasses at the end of the night, the party will have been better for your being there.
At the Office- At even the best offices, things sometimes get boring, tedious, frustrating, depressing, and repetitive. Rather than joining in the chorus of complaints, though, shut your mouth and try to make things just a tiny bit better- replace the toner cartridge in the printer everyone's been ignoring, bring in some cookies to share, thank someone for their hard work, and give credit where it's due. At least you won't be bored.
Your Home- Each day, try to make your house or apartment a little better than it was the day before - Whether that's through a big project like re-tiling your bathroom, or a little one like changing a light bulb that's burned out. I don't always succeed at this one (it's a little like swimming against the tide), but I'm always glad I tried.
Boyfriends- Well... you probably aren't going to change them much for the better. But at least try not to screw them up too much for the next girl.
When you set your mind to the idea of the little contributions you can make to wherever you are, you'll find yourself doing them without thinking. At least until that little voice in your head says "well done, ol' chap!"
Wait, did I mention that my conscience is British?
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