When you were born, you didn’t come with an owner’s manual; these guidelines make life work better.
Although there’s no formula to help you win the game of life, Dr Chérie Carter-Scott’s rules for being human convey a universal wisdom that, once understood and embraced, can contribute to meaningful relationships with ourselves and others, at work and in the home.
1. You Will Receive a Body
You may like it or hate it, but it’s the only thing you are sure to keep for the rest of your life.
Rule 1: You will receive a body
2. You Will Learn Lessons
You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called ‘Life on Planet Earth.’ Every person or incident is the Universal Teacher.
Rule 2: You will learn lessons
3. There are No Mistakes, Only Lessons
Growth is a process of experimentation. ‘Failures’ are as much a part of the process as ‘success.’
Rule 3: There are no mistakes, only lessons
4. A lesson is Repeated Until Learned
It is presented to you in various forms until you learn it – then you can go on to the next lesson.
Rule 4: A lesson is repeated until learned
5. ‘There’ is No Better Than ‘Here’
When your ‘there’ becomes a ‘here’ you will simply obtain another ‘there’ that again looks better than ‘here.’
Rule 5: ‘There’ is no better than ‘here’
6. Others Are Only Mirrors of You
You cannot love or hate something about another unless it reflects something you love or hate in yourself.
Rule 6: Others are only mirrors of you
7. What You Make of Your Life is Up to You
Every person creates his or her own reality. Imagine yourself at 90 years old, looking back at your life. What do you want to see?
Rule 7: What you make of your life is up to you
8. You Always Get What You Want
Your subconscious rightfully determines what energies, experiences, and people you attract – therefore, the only foolproof way to know what you want is to see what you have. There are no victims, only students.
Rule 8: You always get what you want
9. Your Answers Lie Inside of You
All you need to do is to look inside, listen and trust yourself.
Rule 9: Your answers lie inside of you
10. You Will Forget All of This at Birth
Somewhere along your journey from the spiritual world to the physical one, you simply forgot These Rules. But you can remember at any time.
Rule 10: You will forget all of this at birth
Adaptations of this list have been widely-circulated online as the 9 Rules for Being Human (Handed Down from Ancient Sanskrit) however the original source is actually Chérie Carter-Scott, a corporate trainer and consultant, who composed the list which she named The Ten Rules for Being Human for or one of her workshops several years ago.
Right away, the Rules resonated with her clients, who photocopied and passed the list to friends and relatives. Within months, Chérie’s Rules were in thousands of homes all over the United States, and eventually, they were published in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She went on to write the book If Life is a Game, These Are the Rules in 1998, which offers further teachings on the rules so you can conquer life’s challenges and manage its unpredictable ups and downs.