Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Rules for Being Human

I received this eons ago, probably when I was in my 20s. Every time I read it, I am blown away. I just found it again tucked away in a little drawer. I think I may need to leave it out.


The Rules for Being Human

You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for as long as you live. How you take care of it or fail to take care of it can make an enormous difference in the quality of your life.

You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time, informal school called Life. Each day, you will be presented with opportunities to learn what you need to know. The lessons presented are often completely different from those you think you need.

There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error and experimentation. You can learn as much from failure as you can from success. Maybe more.

A lesson is repeated until it is learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it (as evidenced by a change in your attitude and ultimately your behavior) then you can go on to the next lesson.

Learning lessons does not end. There is no stage of life that does not contain some lessons. As long as you live there will be something more to learn.

“There” is no better than “here”. When your “there” has become a “here” you will simply discover another “there” that will again look better than your “here.” Don’t be fooled by believing that the unattainable is better than what you have.

Others are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself. When tempted to criticize others, ask yourself why you feel so strongly.

What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you create with those tools and resources is up to you. Remember that through desire, goal setting and unflagging effort you can have anything you want. Persistence is the key to success.

The answers lie inside of you. The solutions to all of life’s problems lie within your grasp. All you need to do is ask, look, listen and trust yourself.


(From the book "If Life is a Game, These are the Rules" by Cherie Carter-Scott)

19 comments:

Lynette said...

can we give this to every high school senior?

SkylersDad said...

I watched the video at your other place. Beautiful.

Southern Sage said...

perfectly stated.
excellent.

Jules said...

That was a thoughtful way to start the day. Thank you for posting that.

Do you have a secret blog that I don't know about?

The seeds you sent me are in bloom for the second time. Thanks for being a part of my garden Lynn.

Besious! J

Akelamalu said...

I really like that. :)

Evil Twin's Wife said...

Wow - this is just perfect! Thanks for sharing!

Gina said...

Yep, yep, yep. Love.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

Oh, so there ARE rules eh?

James said...

I liked that..thanks

James said...

Oh RLL could you please email me? I found something on the good old internet I thought you might like to see (I will have to find it again) and tried to email you before but it doesn't seem to work unless you email me first....

nitebyrd said...

Brilliant!

Micky-T said...

All of it.....Right on the Money!

Aunt Jackie said...

Luvvv it!! Great reminders.

xoxoxo

Dana said...

This is wonderful! I've found that

Others are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself. When tempted to criticize others, ask yourself why you feel so strongly.

really applies in blogging. It's amazing what you can learn about yourself paying close attention to that one!

Phfrankie Bondo said...

...so true...so true...

Bond said...

Very cool list there RLL...

Thanks for sharing

Little T said...

Just what I needed for today. I am linking your post on my blog I like it so much!

Ashleigh said...

Awesome. I might copy this post.

:)

Poindexter said...

such a wonderful reminder to stay grounded. thanks! -Diane