1. Always plan ahead. There wasn't any rain in the forecast when Noah started building the ark.

2. Don't listen to your critics. Listen instead to your heart, and then do whatever has to be done. The neighbors might have taunted when Noah was blocking their driveway -- but he had the last laugh as soon as the rain began falling!

3. Stay physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally fit. You never know but that when you're 600 years old, someone might come along out of the blue and ask you to do something REALLY big!

4. Always build on the highest ground possible. Character always counts!

5. Don't seek to go it alone. Always travel, at least, in pairs, because two heads are better than one.

6. Speed isn't always an advantage. The cheetahs were on board, but so were the snails; and they all arrived safely on dry ground at the very same time.

7. If you can't fight or flee from adversity -- at least make certain you have an idea that can float in the battlefield of ideas!

8. Don't forget this underlying truth: that ultimately when all is said and done, we're all in the same boat.

9. Be flexible in your thinking. Remember that amateurs built the ark while professionals built the Titanic and the Challenger Space Shuttle.

10. Remember that Fear is nothing more than "False Evidence Appearing Real". The woodpeckers on the INSIDE are often a bigger threat to your overall well being than the storms raging on the outside.

11. Be timely. Don't miss the boat!

12. Remain faithful and optimistic. No matter how bleak it looks, if God is traveling with you, there's always going to be a rainbow of peace on the other side of the storm.

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