Assignment: Listed below are "10 Commandments for a Good Life." Before you scroll down and read them, take a few minutes to create your OWN 10 Commandments for a Good Life, and write these in your journal. This is a most useful, and often surprising exercise. It will give you an appreciation for the trials faced and victories won, and the wisdom which informs your life practice. Once you have created your list of 10 (and you may want to work on this for a few days), consider sharing it with friends.Write Now! GO!
"A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often and realize how fortunate you are right now. It’s about the simple pleasures that make you happy, the compassionate deeds you perform, the personal goals you strive to achieve, the relationships you nurture and the legacy you leave behind. So starting today, choose to take control. Here are ten commandments to help you live a good life.
It’s the life in your years."
- Abraham Lincoln
I. I am not perfect and I will not try to be. Think of how many things don’t get done in this world simply because people are waiting for the perfect time, place and circumstance. The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists. It rewards people who get things done. And the only way to get things done is to be imperfect 99% of the time.
VIII. I can only be me. Judy Garland once said, “Always be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of somebody else.” Live by this statement. There is no such thing as living in someone else’s shoes. The only shoes you can occupy are your own. If you aren’t being yourself, you aren’t truly living – you’re merely existing. And ask yourself this: If you don’t like who you really are, why should I like you? Trying to be somebody you’re not is not sexy. Be you. That’s when you’re beautiful.
IX. I will be here now. Life is happening right now. Instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, practice being and living in the present moment. Remember, right now is the only moment guaranteed to you. Right now is life. Don’t miss it.
X. Life never gets any better, only my perception of it does. The world around you changes when you change. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right. The opposite is also true. The choice is yours to make.