R is for Rules

Going right along with the Quiet Rule, is the Golden Rule - do unto others as you would have them do onto you. The following embellishes a bit. From a children's store called Recess, where the owner and Mom has this list of rules sitting by the cash register:

Rule #1: Never give up.

I love this rule. I say this to my daughter all of the time. If we are feeling like the world is getting us down and things are getting difficult we can think about this simple rule. Don’t give up! Just keep reaching. Life is not easy.

Rule #2: Be nice to one another.

How profound! This is such an easy rule and so easily forgotten. To simply be nice to someone can truly make their day. Treat others as you would like to be treated and most likely someone will do the same for you.

Rule #3: Think good thoughts.

Another great one. Why waste time being negative? Be positive and feel better all around. Think the best thoughts possible about people and difficult situations. Take a moment and picture yourself doing something you love. It is a great stress reliever.

Rule #4: Try to do better.

A favorite of mine because I am an over-achiever! Do your best and then some. The effort is usually well worth it. Try to improve yourself in small ways and see what the outcome is. Try new things and don’t fear failure. Just do your best!

Rule #5: Say please and thank you.

It brings a smile to my face when I get the chance to interact with a polite child (or adult!) Everyone is in such a rush these days, but take the time for a simple please or thank you. It will be well received.

It’s like I said. This is a simple list with basic concepts. It brings me back to the purity of childhood. Obviously we want to teach our children these simple rules, but what a great reminder to use them daily as adults. Keep these rules in mind during your busy week and see how often it helps you through!

I agree!


Rosaria Williams said...

Takes us all in with these rules. We are all human under this canopy.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Wonderful rules, in all aspects of life!

Thank you for the reminder and good luck with the rest of the A to Z Challenge!

jkraus8464 said...

Love the rules. As an elementary ed teacher I find the children sadly lacking in the character traits that used to be so important. I use the book The Basic 55 as my guide for teaching children appropriate social responses.

Rebecca Bradley said...

As a writer, rule number one is important and one I have to keep repeating to myself! At times it gets hard.

Melissa Cunningham said...

Great post! I'm a follower!

Lee Ambrose said...

Loving your approach to the AZ Challenge, Dani...
And I love the rules
They are so appropriate for everyone, everywhere!
Thanks for the reminder.

D. U. Okonkwo said...

I totally agree with this. Good job!

Doreen McGettigan said...

I love these very simple common sense rules; yet they are so profound.

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