CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If you're like me, you're drawn to those lists of quick tips that bombard us from supermarket checkout counters, magazine covers and online e-blasts. They usually zero in on a specific area -- belly fat seems to be rather popular.
I ran across one the other day, though, that's much more global and worth sharing. Take a look, and see if any of these top 10 strike a chord with you.
Rules for being human
1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period this time around.
2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called life. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons -- or think them irrelevant and stupid.
3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial-and-error and experimentation. The "failed" experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately "works."
4. A lesson is repeated until learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can then go on to the next lesson.
5. Learning lessons does not end. There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.
6. "There" is no better than "here." When your "there" has become a "here," you will simply obtain another "there" that will again look better than "here."
7. Others are simply mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.
8. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you make of them is up to you. The choice is yours.