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