Rules to Live By

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three R’s of good karma:

Respect for self
Respect for others
Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.

7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

(Dalai Lama)

19. Be kind.
(I added this one) :-)


I read through these rules every so often.
Each time they make me think just as hard as the time before.

I took photos of some new Lettered Cottage Home items in our Guest Bedroom today…

At one point, the way the sun filtered through the glass created such a sense of peace within me. Kevin was out and about, and the furkids were fast asleep in their favorite spots- so except for the occasional creak from the hardwoods, the room was incredibly quiet and still. Almost unconsciously, I lowered myself down onto the edge of the bed. As the light poured in, I stopped for five whole minutes to just look around the room. I breeze by this room every day, but I rarely go in to just sit and breathe. It was nice to take a few minutes to slow down and tune in.

I just thought of Rule #20:
Just breathe.

A book to be happy about
Apartment Therapy Interview

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