The Game Of Life
If Life is a Game, These are the Rules
By Cherie Carter-Scott, PhD
This #1 New York Times bestseller offers some useful and understandable advice
that can be applied to many situations. The idea of life as a series of lessons
can help to put things into perspective and add to anyone's ability to deal with
setbacks and reach their full potential.
Rule one - You will receive a body
Acceptance or rejection of your body only carries weight in your
own mind, and your perception has no bearing on how your
body actually looks, so why not choose the ease of acceptance
rather than the pain of rejection? The
choice is yours.
Each day in the school of life you will be presented with all the
lessons that you specifically need to learn, whether you choose to
learn them or not is entirely up to you. See these lessons as gifts, or
guides along your path toward living as your authentic self.
Rule two - You will be presented with lessons
Growth is a process of experimentation, a series of trials, errors,
victories and setbacks. The failed experiments are as much a part
of the process as the experiments that work. Without lessons, it is
difficult to convert mistakes into valuable learning opportunities.
Rule three - There are no mistakes, only lessons
Lessons will be repeated to you in various forms until you have
learned them. When you have learned them, you can then go on
to the next lesson.
Rule four - A lesson is repeated until learned
Your journey on earth is constantly unfolding, and while your
wisdom grows and your capacity to deal with challenges
expands, new lessons will present themselves. Lessons will be
around as long as you live.
Rule five - Learning does not end
This rule encourages you to live fully in the present. When your
'there' has become a 'here', you will simply obtain a there that will
look better to you than your present here. Live in the 'here and
now'. Avoid the continuous cycle of longing.
Rule six - There is no better than here
You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it
reflects something you love or hate about yourself. See the
qualities that you admire in others as characteristics that you have
already embraced in yourself, allow them to illuminate more
clearly your own feelings of self-worth.
Rule seven - Others are only mirrors of you
You have all the tools and resources you need. What
you do with them is up to you.
Rule eight - What you make of your life is up to you
All you need to do is look, listen and trust. Many answers to life's
problems are available by trusting your intuition and listening to
the 'little voices‘ in your head.
Rule nine - Your answers lie inside of you
Create ways to find your way back to your truth when you forget.
Surround yourself with people who know your personal truth and are
familiar with your authentic self. They can help keep you rooted.
Rule ten - You will forget all of this at birth
"Be more concerned with your character than
your reputation, because character is what
you really are, while your reputation is merely
what others think you are."
-John Wooden, college basketball coach