Sunday, December 4, 2011

Huck's ten commandments

Over the years, through the lens of various experiences, I have formed my own set of commandments, which I believe would help me become a better person in my own eyes. Am hopeless at some of these today, but hopefully I'll be able to become better at them some day. These are of course based on my own experiences. They might or might not work for you. In either case, form your own code for yourself, if you have to.

I) Get up no later than 8:00 AM everyday for the rest of my life - Depending on where you live, the Sun in all probability has risen before you have. There's a lot of positive energy that can be felt by just synchronizing your timings with that of the Sun.

II) None of us knows what the future holds, but a child like enthusiasm, lots of hope, a heart that can forgive and a mind that can forget seem like worthy things to take into it - Granted none of this are possible without a herculean effort, but good things don't seem to come easily.

III) Holding extreme beliefs makes you vulnerable to experiences that will question the same - Such experiences are however truly ethereal and liberating - Either don't hold extreme opinions on anything or question everything you already hold to understand why it is so better. You'll have the luxury of time to do this at your own pace and not be hurried on to it one fine day. This could be as simple as thinking Sachin Tendulkar is a God or it could be more trickier as questioning His very existence. And yes if you think with absolute conviction that the Chicken came before the egg, question that also. Ironically enough this very commandment is a extreme belief on not holding extreme beliefs. Go figure.

IV) No two experiences are the same. The worst you can do is belittle another's pain by saying you've already been through it and therefore they ought to listen to you. The best you can do is just listen to them.

V) When you have something bad to say, say it to the person's face. When you have something good to say, write to them. The written word lasts longer.

VI) The best antidote for depressive thoughts is exercise. It's free, only takes a little amount of will power and gets positive energy flowing through your body and mind immediately.

VII) When in doubt of whether to say something or not, just say it. People usually don't get irritated with the fact that you said it, but more in the tone you said it. Go figure.

VIII) Be honest with people. Don't say "I don't know" to direct questions. Honesty brings out things they have to deal with. Dishonesty is something you have to deal with and that's more tough.

IX) Money is important - to a certain extent. Give away the rest to things you believe in and people in need. I gave away some to wikipedia this month.

X) The best you can do is put yourself in a situation that gives another what they want even if it ends up hurting you. The worst you can do is wallow in self pity. - Love another beyond the capacity of what you thought possible. If you get hurt, there's a lot of people out there who can and will help plus of course there's always Huck's ten commandments to fall back on!

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