My Twelve Commandments.

Recently, I started my very own Happiness Project.  I got the idea from a book of the same name authored by Gretchen Rubin

The first step in the process was to finish reading the book.  I did that.  It was an easy and fun read.  I appreciate her practical and structured approach to self improvement.  I especially loved her conclusion: “I found out what I knew all along; I could change my life without changing my life.”  That’s what I want to do.  I want to change my life without changing my life.  I appreciate what I have, but I want to make small changes that have a real impact on the happiness I experience day to day. 

This week, I’ve been working on the second step of the process, which was to write a personal set of commandments for this project and for my life.  This part was harder than I expected, but I am pleased with the end result.  Here are my Twelve Commandments:

  1. Be you according to you.
  2. Forgive, even yourself.
  3. Have the hard conversations.
  4. Accumulate fewer things and more experiences.
  5. Seek simplicity.
  6. Slow down.
  7. Ask for what you need, and offer what you can.
  8. Trust your gut.
  9. Act only when certain.
  10. Expect better.
  11. Look forward and up.
  12. Choose love.

Each one poses a challenge for me.  Each one touches on something that I currently don’t do very well.  And that excites me. 

The next step in the process is to identify ten or twelve aspects of my life that I want to improve.  My guess is that identifying those aspects will be a little easier than coming up with my commandments, but we’ll see.  Easier or not, I feel like I’m on the right track.  That excites me, too.

2 thoughts on “My Twelve Commandments.

  1. I think acting when certain does jive with taking more risks. What I mean by acting only when certain is that I want to trust myself when something doesn't feel right. If I'm not sure that it's the right choice, I'm better off not acting. That's what I've learned lately. And I do think it's possible for risky to feel right. Does that make sense?

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