Rules For Being Human

This past week I went through some of my old sermons looking for a particular story to share on my blog. I found it and now must decide whether I'll post a rather long piece or do a two-parter. But, during my search I came across this and decided to use it for this edition.  I hope you like it.  Rules For Being Human:

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 hte opportunity to learn lessons.  You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant or 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 LEARNED.  A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it.  When you learn it, you can then go on to the next lesson.

5. LEARING 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 in yourself.

8. WHAT YOU MAKE OF YOUR LIFE IS UP TO YOU. You have the 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.


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