The Rules for Being Human
I’ve used this reading in the wilderness for programs when the participants were having a particularly difficult time adjusting to the wilderness or the circumstances presented to them at the time. It’s also had a place on my refrigerator over the years. I don’t recall the author.
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 irreveleant and stupid.
3. There are no mistakes, only lessons.
Growth is a process of trial and error, experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately “works.”
4. A lesson is repeated until it is learned.
A lesson is presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. Hen you can go on the next lesson.
5. Learning lessons does not end.
There is no part of life that does not contain lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.
6. “There” is no better than “here.”
When you “there” has become a “here,” you will simply obtain another “there” that again looks 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. The answers lie inside you.
The answers to life’s questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.