As you may recall The Spectacled Bean is on Summer Hours.
This means I continue to show up here every few weeks. I write about anything that isn’t current events, instead leaning into my penchant for flapdoodle and twaddle.
Thus I give you the following.
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Deconstructing What Was
SORTING through old paper files I found the above. I published it 13 years + 6 months + 21 days ago on January 01, 2007. I wrote it, complete with disclaimers, in the context of a New Year’s Resolution + my guidelines for how I wanted to live my life.
For many years this is how I approached my life.
However thinking on my rules of life in light of today’s world I find the above useful, but not in step with how I conduct myself now. And that’s where I want to be, not stuck in the past, like some lost soul who longs for what was.
So I sat down with myself and analyzed what I’d written before. I decided that when it comes to rules of life I liked short action statements that get to the point.
I also decided that I didn’t want my new rules of life to include pithy sayings [like the watermelon seeds one in the example above]. I say pithy things, but those are personal mantras or succinct commentaries on a particular situation rather than actual rules of life.
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Creating What Will Be
PONDERING what my new rules of life might be, I deleted the ones from before that no longer served me. Then I made the following list of potential rules adding ones that I believe might be helpful now. In the bracket behind each rule I wrote what core value I was thinking about when I chose this rule.
Do your best [trustworthiness]
Less is more [simplify]
Maximize your options [creativity]
Pay attention, life is in the details [knowledge]
Ditch the mean people [self-respect]
Keep moving forward [growth]
Say thank you often [gratitude]
Follow your muse [authenticity]
Do no harm [kindness]
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Questions Of The Day
Do you have rules of life you follow? If so do you rethink them, then update them from time to time?
This list is not definitive, it’s in process. What am I missing here?