A five minute phone conversation turned into a list of life lessons. I’m going to use these in a future Kindness is Contagious column, but I couldn’t resist sharing them with you now! West Fargo students are lucky to have physical education teacher/coach, Chris Haugen, and his “Words to Live By.”

  1. Play by the rules.
  2. Give good effort.
  3. Encourage yourself and others.
  4. When life knocks you down, get back up and into the game.
  5. Success is doing your best; win or lose.
  6. Be humble in victory. Don’t brag.
  7. Be gracious in defeat. Don’t whine or make excuses.
  8. Be respectful of other people, even though they may not be respectful of you.
  9. Share everything that is good, useful, or fun.
  10. True winners never cheat.
  11. If you want to be good at something, practice hard.
  12. Say you’re sorry when you hurt someone.
  13. Look at people’s eyes when they speak to you.
  14. Put things back where you found them when you’re done.
  15. Say “Thank you” daily for the many blessings you have received.