Rules to Live By

3 06 2009

Hola, girls!

I was looking through papers [again], and I saw a list of rules to live by I printed out. It came from the beautiful women of nappturality.com, a website for people who wear their hair naturally. Of course, as usual, I had to share:

  • When you wake up in the morning, complete the following statement, ‘My purpose is to _____ today.’
  • Try to make at least three people smile today.
  • Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  • Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  • Don’t compare your life to others.
  • Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’
  • Forgive everyone for everything.
  • What other people think of you is none of your business.
  • Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  • Each night before you go to bed, complete the following statements: ‘ I am thankful for____; Today I accomplished _____.
  • Keep positive people around you.
  • Don’t go to sleep mad.
  • Treat yourself well once in awhile, be it reading, walking, loafing around watching TV, being quiet or doing absolutely NOTHING. Sometimes you need a break from everything and everyone.
  • If other people can’t get their ish together, stop trying to save them. Save yourself first.
  • When you ask someone for the truth, be ready to accept it because remember, you asked.
  • Take time out to literally breathe. Inhale deeply, exhale deeply. As we get older, we shorten out breaths and don’t take time out to breathe.
  • If you own a car, purposely get lost. You might find new and interesting areas in your town that you never knew about. –> Make sure you have enough gas first!
  • When you find your self doubting your potential in anything, re-affirm, ‘I know that I deserve _____ and keep repeating it until there is no room for negativity, just positive action.
  • Have a good laugh at least once a day. Be silly.
  • 98% of what you think is your ish probably isn’t your ish. Recognize the ways in which others [parents, friends, acquaintances, strangers, mainstream media, society in general] put their ish on you and learn to push it back [gently if you want].
  • Everytime you find yourself thinking ‘That’s not the kind of thing I can/would do’, stop and ask yourself ‘Why not?’ And if there’s no good answer, and it will add something positive to your life, then go do it.
  • Reframe negatives as positives, burdens as blessings: e.g. ‘Why the f*** do I have to be studying this boring crap for this useless exam!? I hate my life.

Instead say, I am so grateful for the opporunity to study, the desire and ability to learn, the libraries, books, websites and teachers that are a resource for me, and the fact that  tomorrow I will know more than I do today.

  • God grant me the serenity to accept the people I can change, the courage to change the one person I can change and the wisdom to remember that one person is me.
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