Recipes for Success
You should be good. I do not mean good at your job. I do not mean good-looking. You must be good to the people all around you.
Say, “hello.” Let strangers pass before you. Say “thank you.” Give someone your last root beer sucker. Say, “excuse me.” Hold the door for another. Say, “please.” Allow someone to use the lavatory first. Say, “good day.” Lug a lady’s grocery sacks to her automobile. Say, “good evening.” Shovel the snow from your neighbor’s walkway.
My suggestions could go on for countless cards. But you understand. Just BE GOOD.
Goodness always multiplies. It will lighten us all.
So, just try, okay?
RECIPE # 133
At any time, something amazing could happen. One never knows.
You may win the lottery or meet your lifetime love or become famous. You could save another from drowning. You could awake with the ability to soar through the sky. You could receive a gift from a close friend.
There are countless possibilities. Simply consider them all. Maybe, if we believe these things might occur, well, maybe they will.
Please…always believe in that word.
RECIPE # 105B
Every moment sails by and, I’m guessing, you don’t know this until your old and have to take many pills. But it’s true. Everything happens so quickly. And then it’s gone.
Just listen. And talk. And look at the people and places that are alive all around you. Truly try to live…in the moment. It’s a full-time task.
Just try not to miss out on too much of your life.
Soon, moments will be memories.
RECIPE # 77
You sleep. And, therefore, you dream. Maybe you don’t remember all your dreams, but they do happen.
You also dream when not in slumber. You dream of becoming this. You dream of becoming that. You dream of doing such and such or so and so.
When you have dreams awake, it’s easy to discard them.
But don’t reject your visions.
They will save you, as they have saved me.
Michael Graves is the author of Dirty One. This debut collection of stories was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and an American Library Association honoree. His work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Post Road, Blithe House Quarterly, Chelsea Station, and With: New Gay Fiction. His novel Parade was recently published by Chelsea Station Editions.
Copyright © 2015 by Michael Graves. Reprinted by permission of author and publisher.