Saturday 20 February 2010

Rules we should live by...

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile.
2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
3. Sleep for 7 hours.
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
5. Play more games.
6. Read more books than you did the previous year.
7. Make time to practice meditation, yoga, and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.
8. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
9. Dream more while you are awake.
10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
11. Drink plenty of water.
12. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
13. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
14. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
15. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
16. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
17. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
18. Smile and laugh more.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
21. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
22. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
23. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
24. Don't compare your partner with others.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
26. Forgive everyone for everything.
27. What other people think of you is none of your business.
28. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
29. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
30. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
31. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
32. The best is yet to come.
33. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
34. Do the right thing!
35. Call your family often.
36. Your inner most is always happy. So be happy.
37. Each day give something good to others.
38. Don't over do. Keep your limits.


KitchenSlut said...

Thanks for some useful reminders!

I have always liked the list of life lessons from one of my favourite philosophers Billy Connolly which overlaps in many ways with the wisdoms posted here!

Although in the Connolly list perhaps we should change 'play the banjo' to 'play the eukelele'

Cairns resident said...

Honestly, screw the ukelele!!! Cairns ratepayers don't care about this trivial instrument nor its potential festivals. What we care about are the massive rates rises that we have had to endure to keep this financially inept council afloat.....not that any of us want Byrne back !!!!

Peter Senior said...

Hi Mike,

Liked your list of rules. Here's a pertinent ode:

Al Gore’s Lament

One thin December Moon
A floated hypothesis disappears
In scrambled shame.

Peer-reviews vaporise
Fever settles on the CRU
AGW’s bones dissolve

Snow glides in from the Rockies
Old New York is frozen
A hard rain comes quickly

Then dirt is drenched.
Seedlings breathe the CO2
For life’s celebration.

Disgraced scientists
take their leave, unmourned
Brokers check their derivatives

The carbon market shrivels and shrinks.
The death knell of Carbon is wrung.

The broker cries
The Market dies
They are the fools

-Geoff Brown
Ourimbah NSW