Saturday, January 14, 2012

Ruminations at the end of a 33-hour journey

You shall not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.

You shall not be fearful, for most of the things we fear never come to pass.

You shall not carry grudges, for they are the heaviest of all life's baggage.

You shall face each problem as it comes; you can only handle one at a time anyway.

You shall immediately find a solution to every problem you encounter, and shall neither sulk nor brood or dwell too long or too much on placing blame.

You shall not take problems to bed with you, for they make very poor bedfellows.

You shall not borrow other people's problems; they can better care for them than you.

You 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!

You shall be a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear ideas different from your own.

You shall not get "bogged down" by frustration, for ninety-percent of it is rooted in self-pity and will only interfere with positive action.

You shall never allow yourself to be ruled by the fear of committing mistakes, but you shall immediately arise after having stumbled, and shall learn well the lesson your fall has taught.

And you shall count your blessings, never overlooking the small ones, for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one.

"The Kingdom of Heaven is a condition of the heart." (Friedrich Nietzsche)