In the Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin talks about "Personal Commandments" or personal rules that you follow to make sure you're living the life you WANT to live. I've spent a lot of time thinking about my 12 commandments and I came up with the following list:
- Be Angela - If nothing else, I need to be true to myself. That's priority #1 for me. If it doesn't feel right, I'm not going to do it.
- Every problem has a solution - Even when everything seems hopeless there is some kind of solution out there, even if it's just a matter of accepting things as they are.
- Get to the root of the issue - no more band-aid solutions. Find the root of the problem and fix it.
- Don't be a martyr - It doesn't do anyone good, regardless of the situation.
- Find the beauty in the moment - so much easier said than done, right? Even when times are tough, hunt for the beautiful moment.
- Don't stay in your head - It's generally not a good neighborhood for me to be walking around in. Action brings about resolution. Sitting in the issue in my head only makes the problem worse.
- Laugh more, panic less - again, easier said than done. Don't let a bad moment ruin the whole day.
- Slow down - I tend to move at a lightning fast pace and I generally miss little things that would otherwise brighten my day.
- Staying organized is easier than always getting organized - Truer words never spoken, right?
- Crave the good stuff, purge the junk - This applies to the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of my life. I'm worth the good stuff. Time to go get it.
- Do good, feel good - One of those spiritual paradoxes of life... When you do good for other people and stop thinking about yourself, you end up feeling better.
- Carpe diem! Fear spoils the fun - I will not let fear run my life. Nor will I let it prevent me from taking risks and blossoming in life. Oh Captain my captain!
So there you have it. What would your 12 Commandments be?