Thursday, June 24
My Personal Commandments
Along the same lines as my "Truths" blog from yesterday, I thought I'd share a wonderful idea I got from Gretchen Rubin and her book "The Happiness Project."
I highly recommend this book. What's funny is that I almost didn't read it because as I often do before I read something, I researched it a little on amazon and checked out her website, then wondered what in the world can I, with all my past baggage, trials and tribulations, learn from a woman who seems to have had it easy most of her life. Then I realized I was being ridiculous, since we can all learn something from one another, and I read the book.
Glad I did! I enjoyed it from beginning to end, so much so that it earned a spot on my "special bookshelf" where I place books I plan to keep in my personal collection, rather than passing on (which I must do with most so books don't take over my home!)
Anyway, back to what I want this blog to be about today. One of the things to do when you begin your own Happiness Project is to make a list of personal commandments. I loved doing this! Being a compulsive list-maker, this was right up my alley, but beyond the satisfaction of simply writing things down, I found myself turning inward and really contemplating what was important enough to me to become a "commandment."
Here's what I came up with:
1. Trust God.
2. Be me.
3. Accept compliments graciously.
4. Talk less & listen more.
5. Don't assume things.
6. Always be there when my son or husband need me.
7. Prune toxic relationships and nourish healthy ones.
8. Roll with the punches.
9. Give for the right reasons.
10. Practice kindness daily.
If you decide to do your own List of Personal Commandments, consider sharing them. I'd love to see what others come up with.
Posted by Team Chastain at 5:19 PM