The Ten Commandments of Self-Esteem
II. Thou shalt cease trying to make sense out of crazy behavior.
III. Thou shalt not keep company with those more dysfunctional than thyself.
IV. Trust thy body all the days of thy life (thy mind doth fornicate with thee).
V. Thou has permission at all times to say "NO," to change thy mind, and to express thy true feelings.
VI. What is not right for thee is also not right for thy brethren.
VII. Thou shalt not give beyond thine own capacity.
VIII. What thy brethren think of thee mattereth naught.
IX. Wherever thou art, therein also is the party.
X. Thou shalt sing thine own praises all the days of thy life.
by Catherine Cardinal
The Rules for Being Human
You may like 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 go on to the next lesson.5. Learning lessons does not end.
There is not 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 for 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!
By Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D.
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.Someone sent an e-mail to let me know that this poem was written by Ralph Waldo Emerson. I found out that there were a couple of words missing from one line - this color above. Had I known it was by Emerson I probably wouldn't have made a change in it. When I ran across it as an anonymous work years ago, I did a slight adaptation because I thought one of the lines was shaming - and I do not think it is possible to avoid suffering and sorrow. Here is the last part of the poem as is it credited to Emerson with the text that is different from the one above that I have had posted here in that other color.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.