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The 10th Need -- Mischief   :)

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 have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant 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 learned

A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can then go on to the next lesson.

5) Learning 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 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 inside you

The answers to life's questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen and trust.

10) You will forget all this

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Quotes from Wayne Dyer

  • Quality rather than appearance . . . Ethics rather than rules . . . Knowledge rather than achievement . . . Integrity rather than domination . . . Serenity rather than acquisitions (Everyday Wisdom)
  • Inner commitment to your own excellence is the stuff of which miracles are made (Everyday Wisdom)
  • Only insecure people need security. Secure people know there is no such thing. Security comes from within, when you know you can handle anything. (Staying on the Path)

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Right Now, Somebody . . .

  • somebody is thinking of you
  • somebody is caring about you.
  • somebody misses you.
  • somebody wants to talk to you.
  • somebody wants to be with you .
  • somebody hopes you are not in trouble.
  • somebody is thankful for the support you have provided.
  • somebody wants to hold your hand.
  • somebody is praying for you.
  • somebody hopes everything turns out right.
  • somebody wants you to be happy.
  • somebody wants you to find him or her.
  • somebody IS him or her.
  • somebody is celebrating your successes.
  • somebody wants to give you a gift.
  • somebody thinks you ARE a gift.
  • somebody wants to hug you.
  • somebody loves you.
  • somebody admires your strength.
  • somebody is thinking of you smiling.
  • somebody wants to be your shoulder to cry on.
  • somebody wants to kiss you.
  • somebody wants to protect you.
  • somebody would do anything for you.
  • somebody wants to laugh with you all night long about old memories.
  • somebody remembers you fondly and wishes that you were there.
  • somebody is praising God for you.
  • somebody values your advice.
  • somebody wants to tell you how much they care.
  • somebody wants to stay up all night watching old movies with you.
  • somebody thinks they shared a past life with you.
  • somebody wants to share their dreams with you.
  • somebody wants to hold you in their arms.
  • somebody wants YOU to hold them in your arms.
  • somebody treasures you spirit.
  • somebody can't wait to see you.
  • somebody wishes they could suspend time.
  • somebody loves you for who you are.
  • somebody loves the way you make them feel.
  • somebody praises God for your friendship and love.
  • somebody knows that you can be ever you wish to be.
  • somebody is hoping they can grow old with you.
  • somebody is glad that you are their friend.
  • somebody wants to be your friend.
  • somebody wants to get to know you better.
  • somebody trusts you.
  • somebody has faith in you.
  • somebody sees who you are on the inside.
  • somebody doesn't know the words to show you how much they care.
  • somebody is waiting for your call.
  • somebody wants you to send them this message.

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Religious Freedom

"SECTION II. We the General Assembly of Virginia do enact that no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burdened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer, on account of his religious opinions or belief but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities." (Thomas Jefferson)

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Success

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.

In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. (Henry David Thoreau)

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Knowledge

Knowledge increases in proportion to its use; that is, the more we teach the more we learn. - H. P. Blavatsky (1831-1891)

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Peace in the World

If there is light in the soul,
There will be beauty in the person.

If there is beauty in the person,
There will be harmony in the house.

If there is harmony in the house,
There will be order in the nation.

If there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world.

— Chinese Proverb

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Give the World the Best You Have

People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centered;
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today, will be forgotten tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable;
Be honest and frank anyway.

Give the world the best you have to give and you get kicked in the teeth;
Give the world the best you have anyway.
— Ken Keyes

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Reminders

  • Keep turning your attention to what you do have and practice gratitude.
  • Keep cleaning out those old files and underwear drawers!
  • Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.
  • Always have something beautiful in sight even if it's just a daisy in a jelly glass. (this helps cynicism)
  • Don't major in minor things. (good against martyrdom)
  • Never cut what can be untied. (keep in mind through this time of discrimination)
  • Remember that overnight success usually takes about fifteen years. (patience)
  • Never underestimate your power to change yourself. 
  • Never overestimate your power to change others. (watch your expectations and limitations)
  • Watch big problems - they usually disguise big opportunities. (another good philosophy against martyrdom)
  • Be a leader - remember the lead sled dog is the only one with a decent view!
  • and last but not least. . . Live your life as an exclamation!!, not an explanation.

Hang in there, Jose & Lena Stevens, Pivotal Resources

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Instructions for life! 

Who said that the only thing unfair about Life is that it came with no instruction booklet? It's not true! And here to prove it are your INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIFE

  1. Give people more than they expect, and do it cheerfully.
  2. Memorize your favorite poem.

  3. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want. 

  4. When you say, "I love you" mean it. 

  5. When you say, "I'm sorry" look the person in the eye.

  6. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

  7. Believe in love at first sight.

  8. Never laugh at anyone's dreams.

  9. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.

  10. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name-calling.

  11. Don't judge people by their relatives.

  12. Talk slow but think quick.

  13. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, snide and ask,” Why do you want to know?"

  14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

  15. Call your mom.

  16. Say, "Bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.

  17. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

  18. Remember these three Golden Guidelines: Awareness, Honesty, Responsibility.

  19. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

  20. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

  21. Smile when picking up the phone. 'Me caller will hear it in your voice.

  22. Marry a man you love to talk to. As you get older, his conversational skills will be as important as any other.

  23. Spend some time alone.

  24. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

  25. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

  26. Read more books and watch less TV.

  27. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you get to enjoy it a second time.

  28. Trust in God but lock your car.

  29. A loving atmosphere in your home is so important. Do all you can to create a tranquil harmonious home.

  30. In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.

  31. Read between the lines.

  32. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

  33. Be gentle with the earth.

  34. Pray — there's immeasurable power in it.

  35. Never interrupt when you are being flattered.

  36. Mind your own business.

  37. Don't trust a man who doesn't close his eyes when you kiss him.

  38. Once a Year, go someplace you've never been before.

  39. If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth's greatest satisfaction.

  40. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.

  41. Learn the rules then break some.

  42. Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other.

  43. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

  44. Remember that your character is your destiny.

Source: Conversations, the national newsletter of ReCreation: The Foundation for Personal Growth and Spiritual Understanding, supporting the work of Neale Donald Walsh, author of Conversations with God. June 1998 issue.  Website: Conversations with God e-mail: recreating [at] aol.com  

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They said it...  

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.  — Carl Jung   

O God, help me to believe the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is  — Macrina Wiederkebr  

As I look at the human story I see two stories. They run parallel and never meet. One is of people who live, as they can or must, the events that arrive.  The he other is of people who Live, as they intend, the events they create. —Margaret Anderson 

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities — Jean Houston 

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.  — Seneca 

Source: Conversations, the national newsletter of ReCreation: The Foundation for Personal Growth and Spiritual Understanding, supporting the work of Neale Donald Walsh, author of Conversations with God. June 1998 issue.  Website: Conversations with God e-mail: recreating [at] aol.com  

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Spiritual Quest

The spiritual quest is that part of life which is the path within the path. Spirituality is the sacred center out of which all life comes, including Mondays and Tuesdays and rainy Saturday afternoons in all their mundane and glorious detail.

        e. e. cummings

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The Forgotten 10 Other Commandments

  1. Thou shall not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.
  2. Thou shall not be fearful, for most of the things we fear never come to pass.
  3. Thou shall not cross bridges before you come to them, for no one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this.
  4. Thou shall face each problem as it comes. You can only handle one at a time anyway.
  5. Thou shall not take problems to bed with you, for they make very poor bedfellows.
  6. Thou shall not borrow other people's problems. They can better care for them than you can.
  7. Thou shall not try to relive yesterday for good or ill, it is forever gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your life and be happy now!
  8. Thou shall be a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear different ideas from your own. It is hard to learn something new when you are talking, and some people do know more than you do.
  9. Thou shall not become "bogged down" by frustration, for 90% of it is rooted in self-pity and will only interfere with positive action.
  10. Thou shall count thy blessings, never overlooking the small ones, for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one.

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The Four Sure Fire Rules for Success:

  1. Show up
  2. Pay Attention
  3. Ask questions
  4. Don't Quit.

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What I know to be true

  1. In this life I need to make my own magic.
  2. I must teach myself what I need to know.
  3. To be happy, I need to accept and love myself without any conditions.
  4. To get what I want, I must give what I want to receive.
  5. To have respect, I need to treat myself the way I want others to treat me.
  6. I need to remember that I am constantly creating my life with my dreams.
  7. Likewise, I need to remember that I have the power to change my life in an instant.
  8. I know that I am a victim of no one and no thing.
  9. Change will come only when I completely accept how things are.
  10. In order to grow, I must stretch beyond my comfort zone.
  11. My present power lies in the present moment and no where else.
  12. I can grow from being happy as well as from being unhappy.

Source: Jose Stevens, Pivotal Resources from the April 2001 newsletter (used with permission).

 

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