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Seven Rules of Life

• 22 January 2013

In case you haven't seen "The 7 Rules of Life" floating around on Facebook...

These are fantastic reminders and I simply couldn't resist sharing here.  I've outlined them below, with a few personal notes added in parentheses.  I personally believe that #1 is the most difficult.  What do you guys think?

1.  Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

2.  What others think of you is none of your business (and may I add, 'not worth your precious mental energy').

3.  Time heals almost everything.  Give it time.

4.  Don't compare your life to others and don't judge them.  You have no idea what their journey is all about (more on this here).

5.  Stop thinking too much.  It's alright to not know the answers.  They will come to you when you least expect it (most likely when meditating/praying, on a walk, in the shower, or driving your car).

6.  No one is in charge of your happiness, except you (this is a tough one as the "victim trap" is ever so tantalizing...but alas this rule is true I believe!).

7.  Smile.  You don't own all the problems in the world :)

If anyone knows the source, please share. I have not been able to locate an original source; image by me, Stephanie Brubaker 


  1. I disagree with some of these.
    1. This is important, but can take years depending on what has happened.
    2. Yes, to a point. But, if all your friends and family think your bonkers, a little self-assessment couldn't hurt.
    3. The only thing time does is lessen the intensity of the feelings. It heals nothing.
    4. Yes.
    5. Answers don't magically drop out of the sky. A little thought and problem-solving is required.
    6. No one is in charge of your happiness...well, sometimes life gives you lemons and lemonade or any lemon derivative isn't an option. So you end up stuck with lemons you just happen to be allergic to. You don't have to be happy about the lemons. Also, happiness is the absence of something. So, absence of money problems, of marital problems, etc. Many times these problems are bigger than just you. You can always choose to ignore everything and pretend it doesn't exist (be happy), but a more realistic approach will help solve the problem.
    7. Yes

  2. I have not seen this on facebook...probably because I don't really do facebook, but I'm I'm so happy that I am seeing it here. I think this is so true...said simply, but not really...if you know what I mean? Thanks

  3. I hadn't seen these, but I think they're lovely. THanks for sharing!

  4. Oh wow, thank you so much for sharing! I really needed to hear, oh, just about every single one of these today. I appreciate the simplicity and optimistic view of them. Much better day already, because I have read them:) xo

  5. Love these...I might have to share as well, such important reminders.

  6. You have right totaly.
    Julia Strip.

  7. Amazingly enough, haven't caught this in a large facebook feed yet. :)

    Several of these were nice reminders for me. I do overthink thinks, it's nice to take a step back.

  8. I totally agree with #1, #3, #7! There can be never be enough smiling!

    Ergo - Blog

  9. I'm glad I'm not the only one not on FB all the time! (someone actually shared these with me who is on there more so). I was worried this was going to be redundant...glad it's new to some. Good reminders for us all!

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