Ten Rules for Being Human

human, light, water, reflectionRules for being human. Simple. Straightforward. Old as the hills. And still we lose our way. Some of us take a lifetime to learn our lessons and discover these truths for ourselves.

Whoever said simple was easy?

A friend shared the rules with me. ‘Look what my son sent me,’ she said in a voice rich with a mother’s love and joy in her fifteen year old son who are so appreciative of these wise words – wisdom way beyond his years.

I later discovered that the rules came from Dr Cherie Carter-Scott’s book, ‘If Life Is A Game, These Are The Rules,’ published in 1998. Since then, the rules have circled the globe in many formats and mediums and was even attributed to ‘Anonymous’ in Jack Canfield’s book, Chicken Soup for the Soul.

This summary is a brief outline. It does not do the book justice, nor the wisdom in it. It is however, a great reminder of what life is about and the universal truths available to us all.

The Rules

#1.  You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period you live on this earth.

#2.  You will be presented with lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called ‘life.’ Your lessons are specific to you, and learning them ‘is the key to discovering and fulfilling the meaning and relevance of your own life’.

#3.  There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of experimentation, trial and error. ‘Failed’ experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ‘work.’

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

#5.  Learning does not end. While you are alive there are always lessons to be learned. Surrender to the ‘rhythm of life’, don’t struggle against it.

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

#7.  Other people are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you, something that 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 of you. The answers to life’s questions lie within you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.

#10.  You will forget all this at birth. Our experiences in the physical world lead us away from this knowledge. We become doubtful, cynical, distrustful. When you lose your way, call upon the ten Rules – they are universal truths that apply to us all.

How are YOU doing with these rules for being human?

Have you forgotten and lost your way?

Erm… yes. That happens. Then you feel stuck, not sure what to do next, in need of a sounding board, or someone who can help you think things through so you can sort your head out. A good conversation can do it. Sometimes a few good conversations.

Sounds like something you want to check out? Book yourself into my online diary. Let’s have that conversation.

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