Guide for living

Having read a post by a friend, I thought of the values I hope to have modeled and instilled through my parenting.

How would they translate as “rules” if you like, to everyday living? This is for a bit of fun, as I know enough to know I know not enough to provide “rules” for anyone.

I only hope they will inspire you to consider and reflect…

So here they are, let’s call it, my guide for living:

  1. There is always more than meets the eye. Listen. Ask questions.
  2. Rarely are things just black or white. The grey has value. Explore. Assess.
  3. Integrity is paramount. Be honest. Be trustworthy.
  4. Learn from others’ experiences. Observe. Pay attention.
  5. Words have power. Use them with discernment and wisely.
  6. Remember: “There but for the grace of God, go I.”
  7. Rule of thumb: most don’t set out to harm or hurt. Be slow to judge or condemn. See 1. and 2. above.
  8. You are your own greatest asset. Take care of your mind, your body, your spirit.
  9. Everyone needs someone. Do not be ashamed to seek help. Open the door so another may seek your help.
  10. Live each day with intention. Set your intention. Then be open and willing.
  11. Learn to say ‘yes’ and ‘no’. They are equally important.
  12. Everyone has one thing that makes them smile in any circumstance. Find that sacred thing and treasure it.
  13. Do not blindly follow. You alone are responsible for your choices and their consequences. See 11. above.
  14. Know this: you are “standing on the shoulders of giants”. You did not arrive on your own. Be humble.
  15. Take time to be alone. “Know thyself” in the quiet moments. Practice compassion and kindness.
  16. Be still. Sometimes this is the best option.
  17. Stay curious. There is much you don’t know. Your life is fascinating.
  18. Speak and do in love. Remember, fear limits but love, love expands.
  19. Find moments each day to say ‘thank you’. Let gratitude be the foundation of your experiences.
  20. Life is a challenging game. Participate anyway.

 

What do you think? Do you agree? Love to hear your views.

And share the rules you live by here? ⇓

~ FlorenceT

 

© 2018 FlorenceT Copyright reserved. The author asserts her moral and legal rights over this work.

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