7 Cardinal rules for life

They say that when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade.

It’s our attitude that determines how we embrace the endless possibilities of life.

When faced with adversity, we always have choices.  To throw in the towel.  Or use it to wipe the sweat.

I’m sharing this interesting post I found at Pinterest on the 7 Cardinal Rules for Life.  I’ve added a few thoughts of my own.  The cardinal rules are highlighted in bold letters.  The rest of the notes, I’m writing this for you…

Rule #1: Make peace with your past so it won’t disturb your present

Making peace with our past is important, not because we forgive others but because we learn to forgive ourselves. Whatever we’re going through – from broken relationship to grieving of a loss – we need to move on without them.

Rule #2: What other people think of you is none of your business

What people think of us is complicated.  It may be because of our actions or thoughts.  For example, some people may not like my being opinionated.  When I think it’s the right thing to do, being popular isn’t my cup of tea.  Unless you’ve done harm to other people, what people think of you shouldn’t be your concern.  Only the paranoid value other peoples opinion.

Rule #3: Time heals almost everything.  Give it time.

While it is true that time heals all wounds, there will be those that will take it personally till their graves.  And we either forgive the hurt and learn from it, or develop Alzheimer’s eventually and forget it totally.  Time, after all is the greatest arbiter when it comes to healing the past.

Rule #4: No one is in charge of your happiness. Except you.

We are, after all, the captain of our ship.  Only you can create your own happiness.  And yes, that includes those who are depressed day in and day one.

Rule #5: Don’t compare your life to others and don’t judge them.  You have no idea what their journey is all about.

The grass on the other side isn’t always greener.  And we don’t have to keep up with the Joneses.  Whatever luck comes your way, be glad that it’s on your side.  You don’t have to look at the other side of the fence and malign those are less fortunate in life.  Sometimes, understanding others may be difficult.  But let’s try to see the bigger picture.

Rule #6: Stop thinking too much.  It’s alright not to know all the answers. They will come to you when you least expect it.

We tend to overthink a lot of things.  Problem with this is that you don’t know if you’ll still be alive tomorrow to face what you worried over today.  I admire those people who throw the cares to the wind.  You’ve got to really love them especially when the world looks like it’s about to end, yet they have that cool approach to all that stress.

Rule #7: Smile.  You don’t own all the problems in the world.

The sky didn’t fall. You’re still breathing.  It’s another manic Monday.  The traffic is bad but we still got to our destination.  We celebrate another milestone in spite of all the problems we encountered in the launch of the project.  Your household left at a bad time.  The rain spoiled the kids parade.

There will always be sunshine and rainbows after the storm.

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