The Strangely Simple Rules of Life
Here are a few lessons I have learned from life.
1. There are no rules.
2. The more you cling to security, the less free you are to soar toward newer, higher, horizons.
3. An open mind and a positive attitude open most doors.
4. There will always be people who dislike you, not because of anything you have done, but because you exist. Disregard them.
5. If you can’t disregard them, close your eyes, see them vanishing as a presence, exhale, relax, and move on.
6. Disrespect no person. Everyone has a role.
7. Clinging incessantly to working is a form of insecurity. Get over it.
8. There’s inspiration and energy in nature. Take a walk. Watch a sunrise.
9. Ignore those who spend energy trying to diminish others. Praise and reward others for excellence, and watch how this enriches your own life.
10. Reality is pliable. But it responds best to suggestion, not force.
11. Variety is enriching. Take a trip or a hike or a class.
12. Aim for a single, challenging, focused goal. Strangely, your lesser goals will begin to be accomplished in unforeseen ways.
13. Courtesy counts.
14. Give. You truly will receive.
15. Talk is cheap, though often of value.
16. Relax. The universe appreciates calmness.
17. Time matters. But not too much.
18. Time, also, is pliable. Tranquility slows any clock.
19. Pay attention to whether people talk about themselves, or ask about you. Remember the importance of balance.
20. The eight hour work week is an artificial construct. The Romans worked six hour days.
21. Associate with inspiration, not deprecation.
22. Give yourself extra time to take scenic routes.
23. After you fail – you will be given another chance to win the same, or an even greater, prize. Yet you won’t succeed until you learn the lesson(s) from your previous failure.
24. Sometimes marvelous things just happen. Be appreciative and give thanks.
25. It’s often more advantageous to know the janitor, the driver, or the photocopy clerk than the CEO. Trust me.
26. A little planning goes a long way.
27. When the universe opens up and offers abundance, don’t turn it down because you are too busy doing laundry. Really.
28. Begin at the end. Trust the universe to sort out the route.
29. With time and desire, much is possible.
30. Pay attention to rhythm. You’ll expend less energy and accomplish more.
31. Racism and sexism are, ultimately, boring. If you indulge in either, get a life.
32. There is always history to greatness. Think the Romans were impressive? Read about the Etruscans.
33. Respect the power of logic. It put an SUV on Mars.
34. When all else fails, yield to faith.
35. Laugh, love, and smell the flowers.
36. There will always be people eager to tell you a crisis is imminent. Remain skeptical.
37. Take time to appreciate running water and laughing children.
38. The chance that events result from a grand, complex, governmental conspiracy is unlikely. Consider the hassle it is just getting a driving license.
39. We live in a copy and paste world. Respect originality.
40. North is at the top of the map. That does not mean it is so.
41. Reconsider motives for wanting to read Ulysses. Who are you trying to impress?
42. Living yeast makes wine so wonderful.
43. It’s okay to have it explained as though you were a child. In fact, it’s okay to be childish.
44. Sometimes you just have to do it.
45. Other times it pays to plan in advance. But you still have to do it.
46. You can return to old friendships after decades. The time will appear to have been days.
47. Pay attention to intuition. It’s plugged into quite a mighty universal battery.
48. None of us gets out of here alive. So chill out and consider the bigger picture.
49. Charm, even without action or substance, has a role.
50. Sometimes it’s better when the plan does not fall in place. You just never know in advance.
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