Your best possible life. 5 guarantees for success. Rule #5

Rule #5.  Love and Respect Others.

Treat everyone, no matter who they are, as if they were critical to your own well-being.

Let others have their own voice and their own path without interfering, judging, competing and comparing.

Apply that same loving, respectful credo to yourself.

This is a great practice requiring discipline and consistency.  It requires a clear vision for our lives.  It requires patience.  It’s not for sissies.  It’s not some kind of woo-woo, airy-fairy, la-la land idea hatched by a baby-talking Polyanna.

Asking yourself—no matter WHAT…..”What is the most loving thing I can do in this moment?”  And, then doing it…

Is there any other way you can think of, to be truly proud of yourself?

At those times, in the heat of the moment, when you’ve reduced your own behavior to match that of others, how have you felt about yourself when you did?  Maybe, in the moment, there was a release but in the many moments that followed, what was left?

Creating your best possible life involves developing the presence of mind and personal awareness to enable us to demonstrate our quality of character.

Want to blow people away?  Don’t give in to pettiness.

Choose love.  See how it feels to begin to love the dark spots and fractured places in our lives.  Being determined to see “the gift” in those overwhelming moments of spirit-breaking challenge is a conscious, courageous stance.

Maya Angelou said, “People will forget what you said, they will forget your glowing resume, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”  People never forget someone who treated them with loving-kindness.

How many days of your life have you begun or ended with your inner-critic blazing a trail through your spirit?  I believe it is always easiest to find the fault in any thing, in anyone, in ourselves. Mean spirited, sarcastic, clever but caustic critique comes so easily.  We often call it “entertainment”.

Being determined to consistently, persistently love your life, no matter what, will transform your life.  I call that “fulfillment”.

In the end, (and in the middle), its the ways in which we have loved well, the ways in which we have truly connected with others that will make us feel truly alive.

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