These “10 Rules for Being Human” were reportedly found on a refrigerator in Toronto. The author is unknown. They came to me via Dr. Rob Gilbert’s wonderful Success Hotline (973.743.4690) — and I thought I’d share them with you for all of us to ponder.
1. You will receive a body. You make 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 fulltime informal school called life.
Every day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons.
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 as the experiments that ultimately works.
4. A lesson is repeated until learned. It 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. Lessons do not end. There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons.
6. There is no better “there” than “here.” When a “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 another 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. The answers to life’s questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen —
10. You will forget all this.
“There are no mistakes, only lessons.” “Growth is a process of trial and error and experimentation.” “You have all the tools and resources you need.” “The answers to life’s questions lie in side you.” Encouraging and scary at the same time, isn’t it, to reflect on these possibilities? Somehow, I feel sure there’s some nugget of wisdom here we can use — each in our own way — as we all write on.