Rules to live by

Most religious, philosophies, and organizations have rules, guidelines, codes of conduct, or even commandments. Rather than list those that are well-known, I’d rather introduce you to a few you may not have seen before – in the hope that you not only read (and remember) them, but are able to improve the quality of your life and those around you from doing so.

If ten is the magic number for “Commandments”, consider these:
1. Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect
2. Remain close to the Great Spirit
3. Show great respect for your fellow beings
4. Work together for the benefit of all Mankind
5. Give assistance and kindness wherever needed
6. Do what you know to be right
7. Look after the well-being of mind and body
8. Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good
9. Be truthful and honest at all times
10. Take full responsibility for your actions

If, instead of Commandments, you’d prefer Suggestions, here are 21 (for success and happiness in life):
1. Marry the right person.  This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
2. Work at something you enjoy and that’s worthy of your time and talent.
3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
4. Be the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.
6. Be generous.
7. Have a grateful heart.
8. Persistence, persistence, persistence.
9. Discipline yourself to save money on even a modest salary.
10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
11. Commit yourself to constant improvement.
12. Commit yourself to quality.
13. Understand that happiness is no based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.
14. Be loyal.
15. Be honest.
16. Be a self-starter.
17. Be decisive even if it means you’ll sometimes be wrong.
18. Stop blaming others.  Take responsibility for every aspect of your life.
19. Be bold and courageous.  When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than things you did.
20. Take good care of those you love.
21. Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your parents (or other loved ones) proud.

What rules or values do YOU (most desire to) live by?

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