rule #6 absolutely rules my life.
allow me to explain. 🙂
I read about this wonderful rule originally around 2.5 years ago in the book Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer (if you haven’t read that yet, please do yourself a favor!), which quoted it from The Art of Possibility by Benjamin and Rosamund Zander.
Dyer uses the rule when talking about stress, and how our thoughts, not outside forces more powerful than us, create stress and anxiety that can send us into despair, depression, fear, jealousy, anger, feelings of inadequacy, etc, etc, etc (!) He brings the rule up as a good check in for all of us if we are feeling any of those intense feelings, and the stress leading up to them.
We all know those intense moments/days/weeks/cycles – one thing goes wrong and you feel behind, and then things are added to your plate and you feel even more behind, then suddenly nothing is working right and you don’t know where you went wrong, but there is no time to do everything that you need to do to fix it, and now small issues feel like huge deals and the clock is ticking and people are asking your for things and and and…!
ENGAGE: rule. number. six.
So what is the rule? I will quote the story here so your life can be forever changed. 🙂 You can thank me (okay, Benjamin and Rosamund Zander, and Wayne Dyer) later.
“There’s a story about two prime ministers who are sitting in a room, discussing affairs of state. Suddenly a man bursts through the door, screaming and shouting. The prime minister who’s hosting the meeting says to the man, “Peter, please remember Rule Number Six.” Peter is immediately restored to calm. He apologizes, bows, and walks out. About 20 minutes later, a woman comes flying in. She’s beside herself. The prime minister says, “Maria, please remember Rule Number Six.” Maria apologizes and walks out.
The visiting prime minister can’t contain his curiosity: “My dear colleague, what is this Rule Number Six?” The other prime minister says, “Very simple: Don’t take yourself so g*ddamn seriously.” The visitor replies, “That’s a nice rule. What, may I ask, are the other rules?” The prime minister answers,
“There aren’t any.”
Here that? There aren’t any!!!!
Love you all. 🙂