10 Principles About Life to Look at Every Day.

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1. Bad situations in life are only temporary.

“If you are going through hell, keep going.” ~ Winston Churchill

Life is messy—bad things happen to good people. We all face hardships, but what makes us human is the ability to bounce back. We can become more resilient than we were before. Some things happen that we have no control over.

You can find strength in situations that you never thought possible if you just keep moving forward.

2. Be open and compassionate.

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein

Sometime events occur in your life that cause you to close. You assume every situation is going to occur the same way: if you were hurt once, you will be hurt again. This is not true. It’s better to forgive than to hold a grudge.

 3. Things aren’t going to always work out the way you plan.

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few. ” ~ Shunryu Suzuki

Don’t approach life with expectations of how things should or shouldn’t be. So many conflicts in life occur because someone is attached to a plan on how things should or shouldn’t work.

It’s alright to have goals, aspirations and dreams, but you don’t have to be set on a particular outcome. Sometimes the worst tragedies in people’s life turn out to be the best.

 4. People’s opinions of you are not who you are.

 “If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” ~ Paulo Coelho

Some people might say terrible things to you—who cares!? They might make a comment on your work, or your blog post. There’s no reason you need internalize it. Some people aren’t conscious of the things they say to people. So just be compassionate towards them.

 5. You’re going to fail at things.

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fail, fail and fail some more. Find inspiration in children, how many times does a child fail before they get something right, children are constantly trying new things and failing. Learn from them!

Go out and try new things! No one has ever been good at something without failing.

 6. Find a reason to laugh every day.

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

I think there is no greater mood lifter than to find a way to laugh every day. Find people every day to have a good laugh with.

 7. Some days are good; some days are bad.

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them—that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ~ Lao Tzu

I one time was in line at a bank, and I heard something that changed my life. The clerk said to a customer, “How’s business?” The customer responded, “Some days good, some days bad.” Then the customer smiled.

You’re not your car; you’re not your fear; you’re not your feelings. Some days you will have good feelings, some days you will have bad feelings.

8. Do what you love every day.

“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.” ~ Rumi

If you’re a writer, do it every day. If you’re a musician, do it every day. If you’re an actor, do it every day. If you’re a bobsledder, do it every day.

Whatever you like to do—just do it. But make sure you do it every day. Because if you do it every day you’ll become good at it, and when you’re good at something you can make a living out of it, if you decide to.

Who do you need permission from—your friends? This is not their life. This is your life. Do what you love to do.

9. Find some time to do some meditation.

“I have so much to accomplish today that I must meditate for two hours instead of one.” ~ Gandhi

I don’t care if you hate spirituality and you think meditation is for people that live on top of a mountain and eat plants. You might just feel better if you take some time throughout the day to close your eyes and check in with your breathing.

If you think meditation is weird—that’s your opinion—it doesn’t mean it’s right. There are over 3,000 studies on the effects of meditation and over 2,500 years of Eastern philosophy behind it. I don’t understand why everyone in the world doesn’t at least try meditation. I think the world would be a better place.

 10. Be a rebel—with a cause.

“I rebel; therefore I exist.” ~ Albert Camus

Break the rules. Who cares?! Don’t get arrested for doing anything illegal, but it’s alright to break the rules. Anyone who ever did anything worth doing was a trouble maker. Steve Jobs—trouble maker. Albert Einstein—trouble maker. Amelia Earhart—trouble maker. It’s alright to be a troublemaker and break free from the status quo.



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anonymous Apr 10, 2016 6:01pm

Great article. principle #3 just got me back to track by making me realize that not all things turns out the way we had expected. thanks for the entire article it’s a wake up call to the reality.

anonymous Apr 2, 2016 2:57pm

One rule to life…… Live and let live! ! And the rest, is histroy.

anonymous Oct 24, 2015 6:34am

This. ❤️

anonymous Sep 9, 2015 2:42pm

its encouraging i love it

anonymous Mar 29, 2015 12:33pm

I love this article, it’s motivating and educative.

anonymous Jan 22, 2015 9:47am

Absolutely love this! My theme for 2015: #willulive

anonymous Jan 11, 2015 1:47pm

Love all of these principles!
xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

anonymous Jan 7, 2015 3:48am

Such a wonderful article….♥
It felt as if each word was a nectar for the soul.
Thank you…

anonymous Jan 1, 2015 4:03pm

Life is about what you have done it your self and always struggle to do more and correct mistakes that you do.

anonymous Nov 7, 2014 11:56am

Nice piece. Thank you! I respectfully disagree with #7, however. I have found it helpful to steer away from thinking of things as "good" and "bad". Often, things or situations we tend to think of as "bad" can be opportunities for growth and improvement, whereas we may find that some "good" things may not be good for us in the long run — e.g., too much of a good thing. More food for thought…

anonymous Sep 24, 2014 3:15pm

really great piece there thank you Piper

anonymous Aug 30, 2014 7:23am

Great! so encouraging thanks

anonymous Aug 26, 2014 9:57pm

Got it! Thanks!

anonymous Aug 26, 2014 6:50pm

Nicely captured snapshot of life 101. Love it

anonymous Jul 18, 2014 5:04am

Beautiful article and great reminders! I love the quotes you chose as well especially the Einstein quote. Thank you!

anonymous Oct 28, 2013 3:17am

I love this page thank you very much

anonymous Oct 23, 2013 12:42am

I love the Gandhi quote… so foreign to the way I am used to thinking. Thank you for an inspiring article.

anonymous Apr 10, 2013 10:03am

Really enjoyed this post. Thoughtful work. Thanks.

anonymous Feb 16, 2013 11:14am

I love the quote – “Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.” ~ Rumi.
I've been living this way for the past few months, where I'm going with the flow, and only doing things that I truly enjoy. Things that make me happy and peaceful. That's the best way to live.

anonymous Feb 15, 2013 6:00pm

Ditto to what Beth said. Perfect

anonymous Feb 14, 2013 3:55pm

Nice! Thanks Robert. There are loads of pieces like this one, but you put it down perfectly. Quite the key to life if we can follow these ten ideas through.

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