Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen

My Ten Rules for Living

In Guest stories, Keeping hope alive, Who, where, how? on February 10, 2012 at 6:35 pm

1. Your feelings are important. A lot of times in childhood our parents or teachers  do not acknowledge our feelings, so we grow up feeling unworthy and that our feelings don’t count. This messes us up because we learn to doubt ourselves and what we are feeling. Usually the first thought it the right thought.

2. We are responsible for ourselves. Nobody wants to hear this, but know that although there is a God/Goddess, we do have control over how we respond to the situation we are in. We can either take the high road or the low road. It’s really up to us.

3. Your family comes first. No matter how much money you have, there is no fun spending it without people that you truly love and who truly love you. Care for them and show them that you love them always. Don’t hide how you feel. If you’re sad, let them know. If you’re happy, let them know that too.

4. Keep praying. It’s what keeps us connected to God/Goddess, the spirits that watch over us, the angels. I’m amazed at the number of people who don’t pray. Even if you feel your prayers aren’t being answered the way you want, believe that they are heard.

5. Health is extremely important. Without your health, you have nothing. No matter how much money you have, you still have nothing. Make health a priority in your life and your children’s lives as well.

6. We need money to live in this world. It has taken me a long time to get this, but without a substantial income to live on, you leave yourself open to the control of others. I used to be one of those people who said, “Oh, money isn’t important to me,” but I realize now that it is. I now cringe when I hear other people say that. If you have these thoughts, see where in your life you don’t value yourself. It usually stems from feelings of unworthiness you had as a child.

7. Always honor yourself. Easier said than done. Keep your word to yourself and others, but especially yourself. If you don’t keep your word to others, they’ll know you lack integrity and won’t want to be bothered. If you don’t honour yourself, you can’t expect anyone else to honor you.

8. Words have power. Always be careful what you say, to the chatter-chatter inside yourself and to others outside yourself.  If you do speak negatively, you’ll find that the negative will be drawn to you like a magnet. Most of us complain all the time. Begin to catch yourself when you do this. Stop complaining about yourself and others, because we all have issues.

9. Learn to be quiet. Always seek quiet time alone. Most people don’t like silence. But in the silence, you can hear the voice of God/Goddess, ancestors, or whatever you believe in. There is strength in being still. Spend some sort of time in silence every day.

10. Love yourself. We have been taught to hate ourselves, big time. But if we don’t love ourselves, how can others truly love us? If we don’t love ourselves, good things won’t come to us. If we truly love ourselves, all the challenges won’t necessarily go away, but it will make our life easier. This is something I’m still working on and probably always will be.

Janice English

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