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Rules for Being Human

February 1st, 2006

My husband gave me this list last night. He gave it to me before, but I’d forgotten. (See rule Number 10.) My favorite is Rule Number 6.

Have a superfine day.


1. You will receive a body. You may 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 full-time informal school called life. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid.

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 experiment that ultimately “works.”

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

5. 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.

6. “There” is no better than “here.” When your “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 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. Your answers lie inside you. The answers to life’s questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.

10. You will forget all this.

Author unknown
Supposedly found on a refrigerator in Toronto

1 Comment

  1. Himself says

    Here’s another list, while you’re at it. (I “blogged”:http://wackymonkey.org/index.html#020106 about you today, BTW.)

    All I Really Need to Know I Learned From Hockey

    * Respect your opponent
    * Show up every night
    * Play for more than your paycheck
    * Be loyal to your team
    * Practice
    * Be willing to make mistakes
    * Hate losing
    * Instigate, don’t retaliate
    * Curse, but don’t boast
    * It’s good to be the underdog
    * Wrestle when you have to; find openings where you can
    * Do anything to win
    * Nothing is worth ending someone’s career or their life
    * Life is much better with a Zamboni than without one
    * Learn to speak obscenities in a dozen languages
    * It matters where you’re from, but it matters a lot more how you play
    * Never give up, never surrender
    * Never work for anyone named Bobby Clarke
    * Never try to teach a goon to skate-it won’t work and it will only annoy the goon. Then, the goon will annoy you
    * Try to ignore the guys in suits with Penzoil on their heads
    * You can’t win without the grinders
    * If you only get to play 20 games, be the best 20-game player you can be.
    * Love something frivolous. Love it beyond all reason
    * Be willing to get hurt
    * No one is too good to score ugly goals
    * Shower
    * Speed is more important than size. Heart is more important than either
    * If you think you can do it, you can
    * Do not feed or tease the goalie
    * Spend two months a year clinically insane
    * After the fight, shake hands
    * Spaghetti has all the nutrients you’ll ever need
    * Moaning about how badly you suck is pointless, and will only annoy your teammates
    * Just say no to the foil
    * Avoid anyone who has been hit by a Zamboni
    * The rules can always be changed
    * The rules are often changed, apparently at random
    * Rules? What rules?
    * Look for the play
    * You have to spend money to win
    * Spending money will never guarantee a win
    * Don’t expect other Americans to understand. When you find some who do, treat them like long-lost friends
    * Two minutes, in the box, by yourself–you feel shame. Then you get free
    * Appreciate genius
    * Fly

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