I first came across this list “Rules For Being Human” way back in 1992 in a book by Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior. It’s a timeless ‘oldie’ that helps you to navigate through the human condition with grace and ease.
What I love about it is that it’s a gentle reminder of both why we are here, and how to relax into the experience of being human rather than struggling and fighting against it.
It’s a spiritual CHEAT SHEET on Life.
To sum it up, the list succinctly explains that in life, no one is given a handbook. There is no definitive guide to show us the “right” road.
It is up to us to seek out and recognise our opportunities to grow. If we want to evolve as a human we must learn from life’s lessons – and remember that we are constantly learning, yet how we apply the knowledge we gain us up to each individual.
Here is a version of the list in an inspirational video. It contains wisdom that can help guide you through the process of personal development.
Twelve Rules for Being Human by Dan Millman
1. You will receive a body.
You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours the entire period.
2. You will learn lessons.
You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called Life. Each day in this school, you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid.
3. There are no mistakes, only lessons.
Growth is a process of trial and error: experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work.”
4. A lesson is repeated until learned.
A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can then go on to the next lesson.
5. Learning lessons does not end.
There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.
6. ”There” is no better than “here.”
When your “there” has become a “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here.”
7. Others are merely mirrors of you.
You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself.
8. What you make of your life is up to you.
You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.
9. Life is exactly what you think it is.
You create a life that matches your beliefs and expectations.
10. Your answers lie inside you.
The answers to life’s questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.
11. You will forget all this.
12. You can remember it whenever you want.
So what do you think?
Were you inspired by this list? What point made the biggest impact on you? What are your personal ‘rules for being human?’
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