Yesterday I was in Wiarton Ontario waiting for my car to be repaired when I stopped by the local thrift store to peruse the books set out on a table in front of the store. I picked up a book called Condensed Chicken Soup for the Soul published back in 1996 and as I flipped through, it opened at the center with “The Rules for Being Human” by Cherie Carter-Scott. I want to share these wise simple words because I certainly forget them and yesterday they resonated with me at the perfect time that I needed to remember that we are all human! Give someone (or your dog or cat) a hug today ! You will feel so much better!
THE RULES FOR BEING HUMAN
YOU WILL RECEIVE A BODY.
You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period.
YOU WILL LEARN LESSONS.
You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called Life. Each day in this school you will learn lessons.
You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid.
THERE ARE NO MISTAKES, ONLY LESSONS.
Growth is a process of trial and error: experimentation.
The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately “works”.
A LESSON IS REPEATED UNTIL LEARNED.
A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it.
Once learned, you then go on to the next lesson.
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.
“THERE” IS NO BETTER THAN “HERE”.
When your “there” has become “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here”.
OTHERS ARE MERELY MIRRORS OF YOU.
You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself.
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.
THE ANSWERS TO LIFE’S QUESTIONS LIE INSIDE YOU.
All you need to do is look, listen and trust.
YOU WILL FORGET ALL THIS.