1. What you think matters; it has consequences that can be positive or negative depending on the nature of your thoughts. Remember also that thought precedes action. Check your belief system: is it life enhancing or life destroying?
2. Hatred only begets hatred. Contempt begets contempt. The best definition of love is acceptance. If you want peace and love in the world, then send out thoughts of peace and love. Besides, hatred is an attachment: it ties you to the object of your hatred just as love ties you to the object of your love. Let it go – and you will be free.
3. The creative energy that is in you is also in your fellow man. If you truly recognize that principle, then you won’t hurt another in deed, word, or even in thought, as that would be like hurting yourself, for we are all one.
4. Honor the sanctity of life in yourself as well as in others. Do not defile your body through destructive behavior. Treat it with respect as a temple that houses your spirit. It supports you in achieving your goals.
5. Our shared values have allowed us to build a strong, diverse country with opportunities for all. Let us emphasize our common humanity and not our differences. Enjoy these differences; they add spice to life. They enrich us. Do not use them as an excuse to separate us.
6. Take responsibility for your life. Do not blame other people or circumstances for failure. It is not poverty that leads to moral decay, but lack of values.
7. Take advantage of the wonderful opportunities society offers you. Most especially, honor your teachers, and make the most of your schooling. Remember that everything can be taken away from you, except what is in your head.
8. But knowledge is not enough. What is needed is a moral compass.
9. Low self-esteem leads to alienation and anger. Raise the sense of your own worth through achievement.
10. Pierre Curie said: We must make of our life a dream and then turn that dream into reality. But first comes the vision.