“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames … Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd” Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī
LIFE RULES: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! Tomorrow, August 7th, I will celebrate another birthday and for that I am grateful. In a world where youth is valued, and people fight the aging process with all their might, to have a birthday can be terrifying for some. However, if we consider the alternative, most of us would be glad to be alive. As I look back and contemplate the past, I can say, unequivocally, that my life is/has been/will always be a miracle and I am truly blessed. The gift of life is one of the greatest gifts we can receive on this planet and, while it comes with a set of challenges we all face, it is a gift we must cherish. There are children who are fortunate to be born into a loving home, some who learn to create their own version of a loving home, and yet others who seek it outside on their own. No matter what type of childhood experience you have had, you can choose to make a life for yourself that is rich and rewarding.
How? If you are wondering about how you can change the direction of your life, look around you. How many successful people do you know personally? How many have you met or read about? Do some homework and use the information as a starting point to inspire you to move forward with your own dreams. Do not be discouraged or afraid. Your current condition is temporary but, you must see it as such FIRST. We do not have to stay locked into our past or current condition; we can go ahead and reinvent ourselves, innovate and create a new life we love. It begins in our hearts and minds and a birthday is a great starting point. Birthdays remind us to not only celebrate what is but, to also remember to honor our own life rules. This year, I have 12 life rules to share. 1. Celebrate your life by being fully present in it. 2. Do work that matters deeply to you and honor it. 3. Stay focused on pursuing your creative expressions and love the work wholeheartedly. 4. Have ambitious dreams and be purposeful in all you do. To dream is to manifest our heart’s desire…
Life by Khalil Gibran via Goodreads
“Do not love half lovers
Do not entertain half friends
Do not indulge in works of the half talented
Do not live half a life
and do not die a half death
If you choose silence, then be silent
When you speak, do so until you are finished
Do not silence yourself to say something
And do not speak to be silent
If you accept, then express it bluntly
Do not mask it
If you refuse then be clear about it
for an ambiguous refusal is but a weak acceptance
Do not accept half a solution
Do not believe half truths
Do not dream half a dream
Do not fantasize about half hopes
Half a drink will not quench your thirst
Half a meal will not satiate your hunger
Half the way will get you no where
Half an idea will bear you no results
Your other half is not the one you love
It is you in another time yet in the same space
It is you when you are not
Half a life is a life you didn’t live,
A word you have not said
A smile you postponed
A love you have not had
A friendship you did not know
To reach and not arrive
Work and not work
Attend only to be absent
What makes you a stranger to them closest to you
and they strangers to you
The half is a mere moment of inability
but you are able for you are not half a being
You are a whole that exists to live a life
not half a life”
“The half is a mere moment of inability but you are able for you are not half a being. You are a whole that exists to live a life not half a life” Khalil Gibran
LIFE RULES: Don’t live half a life. If we make a commitment to enjoy the life we have, it can become both exhilarating and magical. What often happens is that so many of us live by other people’s rules and expectations for our lives, instead of by our own vision and set of rules. You see, the point of my post title is NOT to make you adopt my life rules at all. My rules are what I wish for myself and the standards I live by. Each of us must reflect on what we wish for our lives and then work at manifesting them. Where do you draw the line in the sand for your own life? What do you stand for? What do you dream about? Until we spend time reflecting on what truly matters to us, as individuals, we will only be tapping into a tiny fount of our potential. Until we map out our own path, we will only be living other people’s dreams. Life is fraught with missteps as well as magical moments, and we get to choose how we want to live it.
Here are 4 more rules on my list of twelve: 5. Believe in Miracles, mermaids and unicorns. You must believe on what is greater than your own imagination or you are simply limiting the full scale of grace that can enrich your life. 6. Be grateful/thankful; gratitude is a necessary tool for living a contented life. We can have great wealth and achievements but if we lack a spirit of thankfulness, we will always feel unhappy. 7. Be human and humane; some people live by such rigid standards that they forget to be human and forgiving of themselves and others. To err is human and to forgive is divine. Live life with gusto and stop torturing yourself to fit into a square box that you’ve created in your own mind. 8. Learn to laugh often and to cry when you must. Our tears are a natural healing gift from the heart. When we shed a tear for others, we send out a vapor of blessings that extend healing across barriers. If we can learn to remember that everything in life operates from an energy field and that the field is permeable, vast and accessible to all, we might remember to treat each other with compassion and greater consideration.
The Hymn of Man by Khalil Gibran via poemhunter.com
And I am.
So shall I be to the end of time,
For I am without end.
I have cleft the vast spaces of the infinite, and
Taken flight in the world of fantasy, and drawn nigh
To the circle of light on high.
Yet behold me a captive of matter.
I have hearkened to the teachings of Confucius,
And listened to the wisdom of Brahma, and sat
Beside the Buddha beneath the tree of knowledge.
Behold me now contending with ignorance and
I was upon Sinai when the Lord showed Himself
To Moses. By the Jordan I beheld the Nazarene’s
Miracles. In Medina I heard the words of the
Apostle of Arabia.
Behold me now a prisoner of doubt.
I have seen Babylon’s strength and Egypt’s glory
And the greatness of Greece. My eyes cease not
Upon the smallness and poverty of their works.
I have sat with the witch of Endor and the priests
Of Assyria and the prophets of Palestine, and I cease
Not to chant the truth.
I have learned the wisdom that descended on
India, and gained mastery over poetry that welled
From the Arabian’s heart, and hearkened to the
Music of people from the West.
Yet am I blind and see not; my ears are stopped
And I do not hear.
I have borne the harshness of insatiable
Conquerors, and felt the oppression of tyrants and the
bondage of the powerful.
Yet am I strong to do battle with the days.
All this have I heard and seen, and I am yet a
Child. In truth shall I hear and see the deeds of
Youth, and grow old and attain perfection and
Return to God.
And I am.
So shall I be to the end of time,
For I am without end.
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“Half of life is lost in charming others, the other half is lost in going through anxieties caused by others. Leave this play, you’ve played enough!” Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī
LIFE RULES: You can say that I have saved the best for last and you’d be right. But please keep in mind that these are my life rules and you must set aside some time to consider and create your own. The final four on my list are fundamental to my own life rules. They are the foundation on which everything else fits into place. Without faith, effort and self love, not much can be achieved that is truly lasting and fulfilling. Much of the last 7 years has been a struggle and these rules have been my best anchor in the darkest times. We learn who we truly are in times of hardship. When life is gay and merry, we can choose to be whomever and whatever we wish. When life throws you curve balls that linger for years, you learn your true metier and, if you turn within, you learn to press forward in spite of the limitations.
These final 4 life rules are the bane of my existence. What are yours? 9. Always put God and Family first. 10. Make friends with your mind and body; we need both to survive life’s harshest trials. 11. Look for the positive even when you have almost zero reason to do so. Just keep looking and believing because that tiny crack of light is nearby … just look, it’s there to champion you on. 12. Don’t live half a life, choose to live life fully. I say choose because it is a CHOICE. I know people who won’t even give themselves a simple treat because of X, Y and Z. Even when things seem down and glum, find something to do to give you joy. Attend a concert. Take a walk, plant a seed, help someone else feel better, send out healing love and light to the world and expect it back in bucketfuls. We become what we believe. What we resist, persists. Embrace life and believe in miracles. They do come true. Happy Birthday to me and to everyone out there who shares this special day with me. We share a great gift = LIFE ! Stay blessed and encouraged. Rise!
Still I Rise by Maya Angelou via poemhunter
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
Have a happy, peaceful and productive week ahead!
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