Rules for Martial Humans

I think it was the 80’s when this little hand-out was first passed around. It was funny and it was anonymous. Whilst tumbling through my BIG SUMMER CLEANING I saw it pop up its head again. The only thing I don’t understand is why they crossed out all the words for “martial arts” and substituted the word “life.” Heed the words of Anon.

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.

Chinese Maiden at plumpub.com2. 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 make 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.’

Chinese Maiden at plumpub.com7. Others are merely mirrors of you.
You cannot love of hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.

8. What you make of 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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