Inspired by Gretchen Rubin
THE COMMANDMENTS OF ME
BE LEE | Without reservation or apology. Gone are the days of doing what I am told – not only does it not serve my highest good, it has never resulted as planned. Its time that my life be MY life to enjoy the triumphs and suffer the consequences of my own making and not conform to the agenda of others. This is new. This is BIG. I am still a work in progress, I have to be patient with myself and focus on progress not just the result. The front page of my website has the quote from the incomparable Maya Angelou: “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” I’m doing better.
RELEASE | With love and kindness, grace and gratitude, all those things that do not serve me or my highest good. People, opinions, habits, tangibles, ideas, expectations, dreams, goals, all of it can go. In order for continuous growth I will need to make room for new people, opinions, habits, tangibles, ideas, expectations, dreams, goals, all of it.
BE PRESENT | Enjoy the now; there is only now. Listen not to answer but to hear what is being said and enjoy ideas and opinions that do not require my participation. Enjoy the process, the journey, the flow of all things. Do it now, there is no later.
LIVE MY TALK | In truth, in kindness, with no guilt, no shame, no judgment.
LEAN IN | Guaranteed on the other side of fear is JOY. This has been proven over and over again.
IT IS ALL ENERGY | Positive, negative, fast, slow. Go with it. Mantra: this too shall pass.
MODEL IMPECCABLY | Words are hollow, it is in action that we speak our truth. Though far from perfect, I make many decisions from the perspective of how best I can model my response, decision, opinion to my kids in a manner that is grounded in truth.
SET UP FOR SUCCESS | If I need to leave my life to feel nourished, connected, accepted, loved; it is not sustainable.
THINK FIRST | Speak, write, observe only after a good night sleep on all matters of importance.
BREATHE | As an introvert I am regularly overwhelmed. I use breath to ground and re-centre myself.
EXPRESS YOURSELF, CREATE DAILY | In whatever form that takes: blog post, photo on Instagram, journal entry, bed made, new recipe. All days that have time spent creating are good days.
DO THE RIGHT THING, ALWAYS | Even when it is hard; especially when it’s hard. I have a finely honed instinct when it comes to right and wrong. I do realize things are not often as they first appear. I have to trust that, often quiet, inkling that lets me know the right path. Then take it.