It's that time of year when we all make resolutions to lose weight, eat healthy, save money and do all those other things that the US government recommends we do. After doing a little digging, we found that recommending new year's resolutions is actually a long-standing habit of American government officials, dating all the way back to our founding fathers.* If you're looking for something more substantial than a gym membership, how about committing to apply Thomas Jefferson's canons of conduct to your life?
A DOZEN CANONS OF CONDUCT IN LIFE
1. Never put off to tomorrow what you can do to-day.
2. Never trouble another with what you can do yourself.
3. Never spend your money before you have it.
4. Never buy a thing you do not want, because it is cheap, it will be dear to you.
5. Take care of your cents: Dollars will take care of themselves.
6. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold.
7. We never repent of having eat too little.
8. Nothing is troublesome that one does willingly.
9. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.
10. Take things always by their smooth handle.
11. Think as you please, and so let others, and you will have no disputes.
12. When angry, count 10 before you speak; if very angry, 100.
We're still not exactly sure what number 10 means, though the guys over at The Jefferson Monticello have taken a crack at it. Happy new year, stay safe, and be careful with the explosives! (Also, shout out to all the folks on the GenJ new year's chat).
*Resolutions may or may not have been specifically recommended for New Year's. Most likely not.
By Nick Barden
Photo from the Jefferson Encyclopedia.