Monday, May 23, 2005

It was a reception area in a Northern Arizona University administration building in 1991. I'll never forget the location or moment, because it was there that I read Rules For Being Human for the first time. Since that time, I have come back to visit these 9 rules on several occasions. They are simple enough to comprehend and complex enough from which to gather deeper insight, if you so choose.

So after 14 years of referring back to these 9 rules in my dust-covered journal, I share with you the Rules For Being Human. I hope they provide you with a bit of personal insight for your life.

Rules For Being Human

  1. You will learn lessons. Every person and incident is your teacher.
  2. There are no mistakes , only lessons. Failures are the stepping stones to success.
  3. A lesson is repeated until learned. It is presented in various forms until you learn it.
  4. If you don't learn the easy lessons, they get harder. Pain is one way that your attention is directed.
  5. You will know when you have learned a lesson; your actions change. Only action can transform knowledge to wisdom.
  6. "There" is no better than "here." When there becomes here, you will notice another there that again looks like it's better than here.
  7. Your life is up to you.
  8. You will tend to forget all this.
  9. You can remember any time you wish.
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