I love the blog called 5 Rules for Life and decided to make up my own. What would yours be?

1. Don’t confuse your soul with your ego. We’re not the press coverage that our minds are always producing about us. We’re not the impression we’re trying to make on strangers. We’re not the center of the universe.

2. Test your behavior by trying to see it though another person’s eyes. We get locked into automatic reactions to situations (I’m hurt, I’m mad, I’m right and you’re wrong), but sometimes it’s illuminating to hear ourselves through other’s ears or imagine how someone else views our behavior. Doing this has pulled me up short at times and made me reconsider knee-jerk reactions that I tend to have about certain topics.

3. Just because you forgive someone doesn’t mean you have to love them or even be friends with them. It just means you release both of you from an embrace that has become a death-grip.

4. It’s okay to love beautiful things. An expensive purse can make you feel better, especially when it’s a rare and special treat and not part of a string of endless self-indulgence.

5. Meditation really works miracles. It’s really hard, but it really works. It still amazes me that you don’t need equipment, classes or special accessories to learn how to do it. And you can do it anywhere. But I have to remind myself of that at least once a day.

3 Responses to “5 Rules for Life (subject to change)”

  1. ida b. says:

    swooning with excitement over the new site!!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I’m visiting your blog at the urging of my good friend, Stephanie and wow, what a wonderful site. I can’t wait to read through it and catch up. I have to say that one of my very favorite movies is Wings of Desire which I saw on your right side-bar on the intro page. I rarely encounter people who mention it so I already feel a link…

  3. claire says:

    i really love this entry, and am printing it out to carry with me. x

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