I cannot claim to have any great wisdom, though I HAVE had a lot of defining moments in my long life. Born in relative poverty, wasting early education, then a revelation in education, some great mentors, a great marriage, wonderful children, successful career, many setbacks personal and business, privileged to provide education aid for thousands of underprivileged children, and ….. a carefree retirement because we believed what people told us when we were young! These 8 Golden Rules are based on real experience across our entire lives, they are not theoretical, though you WILL find most of them in the volumes written about Buddhism and Stoicism. We hope you find them useful, but apply your OWN mind to them!
The 8 Golden Rules
- Accept that shit happens! You will meet lots of it today, at work, on the bus, on the news, Internet, neighbours, in Starbucks, shit everywhere!
- Accept that everything is impermanent, the shit on the bus, your constipation, your marriage, your job, your life!
- Accept that your “state of being” is determined by how you see things, not the things themselves. So all you snowflakes and feminazi, stop being offended by every little thing ….. get a life!
- Deal with what you CAN control, ignore what you CANNOT. You can control your own perception of things, not what others say or do.
- Work out what it means for YOU to live “a good life”
- Make ethics and values the central issue of your day to day life, especially courage and justice.
- Live IN the moment, mindfulness is essential
- Meditate twice a day, morning to prepare yourself, evening to reflect on what you learned.