Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mental Feng Shui

A friend, Lee, sent this to me today. You may have seen it circulating as one of these chain letter forwarding emails that gives you some background on it’s origin (actually the same one may have several different background stories) and why it’s important to forward it within X number of minutes to X number of friends. If you don’t you will be infested by an outbreak of 17 year cicadas that will eat you from the inside out and then destroy the planet or . . . some other terrible thing.

But, if you follow the directions you’ll be the recipient of your wildest dreams. Well, I’m still awaiting my 24 year old, blond, blue-eyed, super model soulmate with my Aston Martin Lagonda and the $50 million dollar inheritance and the private island in the Caribbean to materialize. I know she’s coming because I’ve followed so many of these chain letters to the ‘T’ and I know they don’t lie (I say with tongue in cheek).

Okay, I’m not holding my breath and neither should you. I’m not sending you any of the details of your great fortune or misfortune based on following the instructions you’re not going to receive. In all seriousness, I have seen this several times. Let me just say this, it struck me, as I glanced over it again today, that if you and I lived our lives on a daily basis, adhering to most or all of these admonitions, this would be a much better world and our lives would most certainly be better.

So, I offer them to you purely as some thoughts, ideals and values you may want to consider and perhaps adopt for yourself.

ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

THREE. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

FOUR. When you say, 'I love you,' - mean it.

FIVE. When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye.

SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much.

NINE. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.

TEN. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

ELEVEN. Don't judge people by their relatives.

TWELVE. Talk slowly, but think quickly.

THIRTEEN. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, 'Why do you want to know?'

FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

FIFTEEN. Say 'bless you' when you hear someone sneeze.

SIXTEEN. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.

EIGHTEEN. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

NINETEEN. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

TWENTY ONE. Spend some time alone.

Now, here's the FUN part! Share this with others. Share this blog with friends, family and colleagues who are not happy or free or are seeking something, but they don’t know what it is. If you’ve gained anything from reading my blog, then share it with others. They will appreciate that you thought enough of them to share it. And, even if they don’t, I will.

Nothing bad will happen to you if you don’t share this message and the Living Free blog with anyone else. But, if you do, you just might help change someone else’s life for the better and, well . . . that will make you feel better.

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