Rules for Being Human


1. YOU WILL RECEIVE A BODY. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period of this time around.

2. YOU WILL LEARN LESSONS. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called Life. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid.

3. THERE ARE NO MISTAKES, ONLY LESSONS. Growth is a process of trial and error: Experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately “works.”

4. A LESSON IS REPEATED UNTIL LEARNED. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can then go on to the next lesson.

5. LEARNING LESSONS DOES NOT END. There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

6. “THERE” IS NO BETTER THAN “HERE.” When your “there” has become a “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here”.

7. OTHERS ARE MERELY MIRRORS OF YOU. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself.

8. WHAT YOU MAKE OF YOUR LIFE IS UP TO YOU. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.

9. YOUR ANSWERS LIE INSIDE YOU. The answers to Life’s questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen and trust.




Note: This is part of the AWOL Manual, “When to Lay the Weapons Down,” copyrighted 1995, renewed 2008. For the beginning, read this.

58 thoughts on “Rules for Being Human

  1. Hunt, this is one of those posts that really deserves a “Loved” button. To help me from forgetting I plan on printing this and posting it on my bookcase in my office. I think I will also re-blog this. Take care, Bill


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  3. I love #6 and it is exact and true, at least it was when I was working and much younger. Mind you, now I’m retired, I’m not sure where I’ll find myself when I go through yesterday’s list THIS time. โค


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