Don Miguel Ruiz’s Code for Life
This is something I came across many years ago. Print it out and keep it near where you work. It’s a good touchstone.
Be impeccable with your word – Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
Don’t take anything personally – Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
Don’t make assumptions – Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
Always do your best – Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
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And if you really want to get deep into the nitty gritty of adjusting how you think and behave in order to make your daily life more efficient, more harmonious with others and to become a fully interdependant being then try reading (and working through the exercises) the book by Stephen R. Covey: “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People“. This book quite literally changed my life. Or rather, showed me how to change it myself.
Finally, if you’re a creative struggling with time-management and work / art balance, you might find this interview I took part in of interest; run by Canadian dark fiction writer Mary Rajotte it documents some of the hurdles I went through and overcame to manage writing whilst holding down a full-time career: “History of a self-published writer“.
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