Using writing, and meditation, and ice cream, and reading, and dreams,

and a whole lot of other tools to rediscover who I am,

after six years living with a man with OCPD.

Friday, May 13, 2011

10 Rules For Being Human
from No Busy Signal

I've been fighting bronchitis this past month, and something about coughing and gasping for breath has made it tough on my brain to come up with new ideas. It keeps whining at me, "More oxygen needed" or some other lame excuse.

Luckily, there are plenty of other good ideas out there I can steal borrow. Here's a fabulous post from No Busy Signal which I stumbled upon a few weeks ago in my delirium.

Ten Rules for Being Human

by Cherie Carter-Scott
1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for
the entire period.
2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called,
3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the
process as the experiments that ultimately “work.”
4. Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson 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. Learning lessons does not end. There’s no part of life that doesn’t contain
its lessons. If you’re alive, that means there are still lessons to be learned.
6. “There” is no better a place than “here.” When your “there” has become
a “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better
than “here.”
7. Other people 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 within you. The answers to life’s questions lie within you.
All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.
10. You will forget all this.
I'm not sure I agree with all of these, but many of them rang true true TRUE to me.

 #1 - Yep, I got the body I got, and though I might be body-envious of a dainty little ballerina-type, even if I could starve myself thin, there's no way I can starve myself dainty.  So, might as well learn to love & take care of the body I've got.

#4 - I do see that there are patterns, or lessons that keep getting presented to me.  I might as well suck it up and learn 'em, because the avoidance thing did not work out for me.

from LOLCats

#7 - I'm not sure that other people are always mirrors.  However, I have noticed that others are most impatient with the flaws of others that they themselves possess.  (I've noticed it myself doing this sometimes - which means either I don't do it as often, or, more likely, that I don't catch myself doing it as often as I do.)

#10 - What was that again?

Did these life rules ring any bells for you?
What struck you the most - or least - true?
Please share in the comments, below.