Commandments continued…

I recently wrote about creating personal commandments. Then I sat with them for over a week to see if they felt right. Some did, some didn’t, some needed re-wording.

Here’s what I wrote last time:

1. Let it go.
2. Listen deliberately.
3. Reflect on the lesson and move on.
4. Act with care.
5. Express love often.
6. Disband your army.
7. Do what needs to be done.
8. Appreciate.
9. Cultivate positivity.
10. Find the humor and the fun.
11. Nourish the mind, body, and soul.
12. Give. Spend out.
13. Be proactive and take responsibility.

This is the revised list:

1. Be Kelly.
2. Let it go. 
3. Choose the good wolf. (New favorite podcast.)
4. Act how you want to feel. 
5. Eat the damn meatballs.
(Aka, “spend out” and give generously. I have a habit of letting frozen meals go to waste while waiting for the perfect occasion to bust them out…. and I cook a lot of meatballs. Therefore, just eat and enjoy the damn meatballs because no one wins when the meatballs are freezer burned. There’s no use in saving things or putting of experiences that can bring joy.)
6. Disband your army.

“That thing the nature of which is totally unknown to you is usually what you need to find, and finding it is a matter of getting lost. The word ‘lost’ comes from the old Norse ‘los’ meaning the disbanding of an army…I worry now that people never disband their armies, never go beyond what they know…”
Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

7. Find the humor. Because there always is some.
8. Do what needs to be done.
9. Pay attention.
10. Show love.
11. Experiences, not things. Except when it comes to running shoes, yoga, and organic produce.

Now I just have to whittle it down one more because odd numbers feel unlucky to me. But the internet tells me 11 is a master number (“The 11 symbolizes the potential to push the limitations of the human experience into the stratosphere of the highest spiritual perception; the link between the mortal and the immortal; between man and spirit; between darkness and light; ignorance and enlightenment”), so we’ll see!

How long/how many tries did it take you to land on commandments that felt right?


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