Rules for Being Human

I was rummaging through some old books the other day, when I found this little gem (Rules for Being Human) folded neatly inside one of them. Whoever gave it to me got it from the Dreamstreet Bookstore in St. Augustine, FL. It was found on a refrigerator in Toronto, Author Unknown.

Happy faces from Bhutan, by laihiu

Rules for Being Human

1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period this time around.

2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called Life. Each day in the school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid.

3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial and error and experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process and the experiment that ultimately “works”.

4. A lesson is repeated until learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can then go on to the next lesson.

5. Learning lessons does not end. There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

6. “There” is no better place than “here”. When your “there” has become a “here,” you will simply obtain another “there” that will, again, look better than “here.”

7. Others are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.

8. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.

9. Your answers lie inside. The answers to life’s questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.

10. You will forget all this.

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8 thoughts on “Rules for Being Human

  1. I woke up this morning in a fairly good place. As the day progressed an enormous fear beset me and I was convinced that nothing but doom lay before me.
    Unemployed for one month and twenty days was shaking me to my core and then I open this blog and smiled. Not only was the photo uplifting but the refrigerator words of wisdom inspired me to press on.
    Thank you for continuing to post such insightful messages.
    TomorrowI will forget this.

    • Thank you, Jay. You’re amazing! There’s nothing like a little refrigerator wisdom, eh? And if you forget, just stop by and read it again… ;)

  2. It’s on my fridge! Except mine has the following (numbered according to my version):

    5. If you don’t learn easy lessons, they get harder. External problems are a precise reflection of your internal state. When you clear inner obstructions, your outside world changes. Pain is how the universe gets your attention.

    6. You will know you’ve learned a lesson when your actions change. Wisdom is practice. A little of something is better than a lot of nothing.

    10. You always get what you want. Your subconscious rightfully determines what energies, experiences, and people you attract — therefore, the only foolproof way to know what you want is to see what you have. There are no victims, only students.

    and, after, “You will forget all this.”

    14. You can remember any time you wish.

  3. I love this, Denise. #4 is resonating particularly for me right now. Seems on some points, I’ve been a slow learner (ha, aren’t we all?), but I’m currently at a crossroads which feels like — perhaps, just perhaps — I’ve progressed enough with those particular tough lessons that dogged me for so long that — perhaps, just perhaps — I won’t be “held back a grade” any more. ;) LOL!

    Wonderful, wise post. Thank you for sharing!

    • Thanks for your comment, Thomma Lyn. I can relate to feeling like a slow learner on some points– ha! Awesome that you’re at a crossroads. When you “graduate” be sure to let the rest of us know how you did it. :)

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