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4 Rules to Live By (#2 is my favorite)...
July 02, 2015

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I've discovered that a recurring theme in my pre-amble to these newsletters is how quickly time is passing. Today is no exception. I am finding it extremely difficult to wrap my mind around the fact that school is over and it is officially summer vacation for my children. I would swear up and down that my daughter just started high school a couple of months ago- now the year is over? How does that happen?

This is by far the fastest year that has passed in my life- I know why- because it's also the busiest year I've ever had. It's one of the reasons I have made a commitment to myself and my family that I spend more time with them. And it has been even more important that I live "in the moment" and enjoy my life and my friends and family when I'm with them. It's too easy to let your mind wander to what needs to be done and then you're not really engaged.

Life is truly too short.

Maybe that's why I'm feeling a little philosophical today, which inspired this article...

4 Rules to Live By

This article is a bit of a digression from my usual scientific-study-type-health-information. Some of you may wonder what it has to do with your health and discount it as irrelevant, but I urge you not to gloss over it.

It has to do with personal growth and your mindset of life in general. Your state of mind and outlook on life has a powerful impact on your health (and your happiness in general). The mind-body connection has been proven over and over again, so you can't afford not to take this seriously if you want to have excellent health. Especially in the last 10-20 years as the pace and expectations of society has escalated.

So today I present to you some simple, but important "rules of life" as told by Don Miguel Ruiz in his best-selling book, "The Four Agreements". In his book, Don has presented four very powerful philosophies that we should all strive to live by.

Here they are…

The First Agreement: Be Impeccable with Your Word

  • Speak with integrity.
  • Say only what you mean.
  • Avoid negative self talk and gossip.
  • Use and choose your words to speak truth and love.

And be careful what you think, yourself is always listening.

The Second Agreement: Don’t Take Anything Personally

Ever have someone criticize you or say something hurtful behind your back (or to your face)?

We all have.

But nothing others say or do is because of you. What others say is simply a projection of their own reality. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you wont be the victim of needless suffering. <--- love this!

The Third Agreement: Don’t Make Assumptions

Ever hear the old saying, “When you assume, you make an ass out of you and me.” (ass-u-me :-)

The next time you make an assumption about somebody or something do more research -- or redirect your thoughts to something positive.

95% of the time, it’s probably not even close to being reality.

I can’t tell you how many times I have made an assumption only to find out later that I wasted all kinds of time and energy because my worry or concern was unfounded.

The Fourth Agreement: Always Do Your Best

Even though your best is going to change from day to day, make sure you simply do your best under ANY circumstances and you’ll avoid self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret.

"Yesterday is in the tomb, tomorrow is in the womb, all we really have is today."

So always do your best!

Do yourself a favor and jot these down, print them out, or better yet, grab the book and go read it.

It’s a great reminder of how to live.

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Because Laughter Really IS Good Medicine...

In honor of Canada Day which was yesterday... (and a happy Independence Day to all of my American subscribers)

You Know You're Canadian if:

You know how to pronounce and spell Saskatchewan without blinking

You put on shorts as soon as it hits plus 10, even if there is still snow around

You know what a toque is

You are excited whenever an American television show mentions Canada

You make a mental note to talk about it at work the next day

You use a red pen on your non-Canadian textbooks and fill in the missing 'u's from labor, honor, and color

You have Canadian Tire money in your kitchen drawers

Pike is a type of fish, not some part of a highway

You drive on a highway, not a freeway

You know what a Robertson screwdriver is

You understand the sentence, "Could you please pass me a serviette, I just spilled my poutine."

You drink pop, not soda

You go to the washroom, not the restroom or bathroom

You have worn shorts and a parka at the same time

"Eh" is a very important part of your vocabulary and you understand all the 1,000 different meanings of "eh"... eh?

Someone accidentally stepped on your foot. You apologize.

You stepped on someone's foot. You apologize, then apologize for making them apologize

Happy Canada Day!

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