Bo’s Rules to Live By

1. Never shake a man’s hand sitting down.

2. There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs ain’t one.

3. The man at the grill is the closest thing we have to a king.

  • 4. In a negotiation, never make the first offer.

5. Act like you’ve been there before. Especially in the end zone.

6. Request the late check-out.

7. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.

8. Hold your heroes to a higher standard.

9. Return a borrowed car with a full tank of gas.

10. Don’t fill up on bread.

11. When shaking hands, grip firmly and look him in the eye.

12. Don’t let a wishbone grow where a backbone should be.

13. If you need music on the beach, you’re missing the point.

14. Carry two handkerchiefs. The one in your back pocket is for you. The one in your breast pocket is for her.

15. You marry the girl, you marry her whole family.

16. Be like a duck. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like crazy underneath.

17. Experience the serenity of traveling alone.

18. Never be afraid to ask out the best looking girl in the room.

19. Never turn down a breath mint.

20. Don’t talk, Do.

21. A sport coat is worth 1000 words.

22. Try writing your own eulogy. Never stop revising.

23. Thank a veteran. And then make it up to him.

24. If you want to know what makes you unique, sit for a caricature.

25. Eat lunch with the new kid.

26. After writing an angry email, read it carefully. Then delete it.

27. Ask your mom to play. She won’t let you win.

28. See it on the big screen.

29. Give credit. Take the blame.

30. Write down your dreams.

31.  Chase those dreams down.

32.  Make a friend, Be a friend…

then bring that friend to Christ.

33.  Preach the Gospel always, and 

when necessary… use words.

34.  Listen more and don’t be so adamant about stating your opinion.

35.  Make a decision.  It doesn’t always have to be the right one…but make one.

36.  Don’t ever become complacent.  Keep moving.

37.  Do everything with a ‘Cool’ attitude.  It’s better to be dead and cool, than alive and uncool.

38.  Open the door for the Lady, and pull out her chair.

39.  Say, “Yes Sir & No Ma’am.” It’s still called respect.

40.  Defend your leaders, and never criticize them in public.

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A Tough Choice

A pilot faces tough choices with almost every flight: Weather, mechanics, and other challenges continually arise to make the decisions pilots make concerning their life’s passion very difficult.

One particular pilot I learned about recently faced a tough choice while he was in route flying to an unknown destination.  “Joseph” was flying solo through the clouds in his little Cessna when all of a sudden he heard the strangest noise.  He couldn’t put his finger on the sound’s origin until he looked behind him towards the tail of the plane.

In the interior shadows of the tail section Joseph was horrorfied to discover a large rat chewing into the cables that steered his little plane.   Joseph could hardly believe his eyes! “How did a rat get on board my plane?“ He thought…”and he is chewing through my flight cables!”

Joseph could see the cables fraying but tried to remain calm and rely on his many hours of flight training.  Years ago he vaguely recalled being trained on animals getting loose in the plane and how to prevent an air disaster…

But a rat?!  And this was no ordinary rat – this varmint was intent on causing Joseph to crash and burn, which made this critter a kamikaze rat!

After much anguished thought, and uncontrollable sweat, Joseph knew there was only two choices that lay before him: He could make an emergency landing at the nearest airport, or pull hard on the yoke and take the little plane straight up.

The emergency landing would put him at an airport where a crew of experienced rat killers could handle Joseph’s harrowing dilemma.  It would delay his flight for several hours, but Joseph knew that a support team would eliminate the problem.

Pulling hard on the yoke and taking the plane straight up, several thousand more feet was another choice alltogether.  Joseph knew that making this choice would put him in a more precarious position.  He would not have the comfort of knowing professional rat killers would save the day.  As a matter of fact, Joseph would be all by himself, flying up into the atmosphere, relying solely on his flight training and subsequent knowledge.

A Tough choice faced Joseph.  Should he try and land the plane before the cables were completely knawed through & have the airport specialists manage the situation?  Or should he fly straight up into the thinning atmosphere, all alone, but knowing that the lack of oxygen at such a great height would kill the rat?

Both choices were good ones.  Joseph knew the pros & cons of the tough decision he would have to quickly commit to.  And “commitment” would take on a new meaning in his life at that point!

Which choice do you think he made?

Has life ever placed you in a similiar spot?  Put yourself in Joseph’s seat: And think deeply…Which tough choice would YOU make?