Lessons from the Shining

Apparently, this book had a pretty big impact on me, if I’m still thinking about it. Here are a few of the lessons I learned from it:

  1. Think before you act. You may regret some horrible deed that could have been prevented with a little thought.
  2. Learn patience. Enjoy the life you have. Focus on the blessings right in front of you.
  3. Don’t let your temper get the better of you. Figure out a way to control it before it controls you.
  4. Don’t drink. Just…don’t.
  5. Sometimes it sucks to play the cards you’re dealt, but for better for worse that’s all you got.
  6. Being a parent can be really hard.
  7. Sometimes you just don’t know if you’re making the right decision. Sometimes you’ll never know.
  8. Take time with your kids. Have fun with them. Watch them laugh. Who knows when you might become a raving homicidal maniac and ruin that relationship?
  9. My son is 5 so this is especially important: Never take your 5-year-old son and your wife to an abandoned hotel in the mountains.
  10. Roque is an evil, evil game. Play croquet; it’s safer.

I hope these help someone, someday.


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