|I love this, and it is so true. This
version was adapted from a similar list of rules, as quoted in "Chicken Soup for the
Soul" - Cherie Carter-Scott. - and from another version I bought
printed on a tea-towel in a shop in
Juneau Alaska. There are obviously many variations and I have no idea who the original
author might have been. If you do know, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
as I would like to
acknowledge them for their contribution to our understanding of life and
learning about life.
Rules for the School of Life
1. You are enrolled in a full-time
informal school called Life. Each day you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You
may like the lessons or think your assignments are stupid and irrelevant
but each one has a purpose that is special for you.
2. An assignment will be
repeated until you have learned that lesson. Do you find
yourself experiencing the same (unpleasant) event again and again? One of
your current learning projects is to discover whatever you need to do so
it either stops happening or no longer affects you .
3. New assignments and
projects may appear before you are ready, but
you will only learn from them when you are ready - If you are not, you
will do whatever you need to do to avoid learning - That may be how it has
to be for the present. Don’t
worry, when you are truly ready they will be presented again.
4. Your assignments will
be presented to you in various forms
- There are no coincidences. Whatever is going on around you is happening
today because it’s part of your lesson for today.
5. Any task that presents
you with a difficult question will offer teachers to help you. The best teachers guide you towards a number of choices rather
than one ‘right’ answer. They will help you decide for yourself which
answers will work best for you in the long run.
6. There are no mistakes,
only lessons. - Growing is a
process of experimenting, of
trial and error. You can discover as much from a ‘failed’ experiment
as you can from the experiment that ultimately ‘works’.
7. Learning lessons does
not end. - There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons.
Once you have learned
one lesson you move on to the next one.
If you are still alive, there are still new lessons to be learned.
8. Learning and growing
means moving from “here” to “there”.
- But once your last “there” has become your new “here”, you
will be given another “there” that will again be better than
9. Others are mirrors of
you. - If you love,
desire, hate or reject something about another person it reflects
something you love, desire, hate or reject about yourself.
Learning to see this clearly is one of the greatest lessons of all.
10. The answers to
Life’s problems are already inside you. All
you need to do is look, listen and trust.
You have all the tools and resources you need.
What you do with them is up to you. What you make of your life is
up to you and how you do it is your choice.
11. You will forget all this, until you realise that learning these rules is also one
of your lessons.
Adapted in part from a similar list of rules, as quoted in “Chicken Soup for the Soul” by Cherie Carter-Scott
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