Saturday, February 27, 2010

Rules to Live By (borrowed edition)

 Lily of the Valley photo by Daawn on Flickr
I read these very true rules on Rosemary's wonderful blog, Content in a Cottage. I encourage you to go check her posts out if you're at all interested in beautiful architecture, simple pleasures (books, chai, and doggies), and gracious living in general. She's also got a pretty good sense of humor!

12 Rules to Live By
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)  

-Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.
-Make the best of circumstances. No one has everything and everyone has something of sorrow.
-Don't take yourself too seriously. 
-Don't let criticism worry you. You can't please everybody. 
-Don't let your neighbors set your standards; be yourself.
-Do things you enjoy doing but stay out of debt.
-Don't borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than actual ones. 
-Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish enmities and grudges. Avoid people who make you unhappy. 
-Have many interests. If you can't travel, read about places. 
-Don't hold post-mortems or spend time brooding over sorrows and mistakes. 
-Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself. 
-Keep busy at something. A very busy person never has time to be unhappy.

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