1) Don’t be the gnat that follows the swarm, circling round and round in the same old path for nothing.
2) Don’t be the heron that hides in the rushes or the flamingo afraid to fly. Step out into the water; let the pink feathers show and flutter in the wind.
3) Don’t let cobwebs cling to the corners of the porch or the mind. Take the time to dust.
4) Don’t concentrate on the way the years sometimes send black rivers running beneath blue skies. The full moon still looks the same through the branches of the wild cherry tree.
5) Don’t hang around a puddle slinking into the shadows; jump in and dance with the water bugs.
6) Don’t forget the sun comes and goes. Accept the clouds and enjoy the rainbows.
7) Don’t equate alone times with loneliness. It can make you “brittle,” a bull’s eye, a heart haunted by specters. Instead, find in moments alone an oasis of solitude.
8) Don’t doubt that, in a single instant, a secret stolen can be a treasure lost forever.
9) Don’t fail to be happy in your freedom when you don’t know the sadness of a donkey’s burden, the short, orchestrated life of the butterfly, or whether a rose feels pain when its plucked.
10) Don’t let the old images slip away – corn rows turning green to brown, sweet gum leaves dropping like falling stars, candlelight and ripe mangoes, jasmine tea and church bells and bird song – for remembered moments hold a mirror to the soul.