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Chicken Soup for the Soul (Monday Motivation #1)

I’ve decided that from now on I’m going to start my blogging week with an inspiring, motivational blogpost to start the week off right. In these ‘Monday Motivation’ posts I’ll share something I’ve found, seen, read or experienced that has inspired or motivated me.

Today this motivation comes from the book “Chicken Soup for the Soul”, written by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark. The book is a collection of inspirational (true) stories about people’s lives, to get the reader through life’s dark times. For me, it was the perfect summer read and I think I finished it within a day. Not every story ‘touched my heart’, but I did enjoy reading this book. I have to admit, some stories even gave me goose bumps (and I was reading the book in sunny, 30 degree weather!).

“Every human is a problem in search of a solution” – Ashley Montagu

The story I want to share with you from “Chicken Soup for the Soul” is called The Rules for Being Human and was written by Chérie Carter-Scott. The story is part of the chapter Learning to Love Yourself, and it was one of my favorites. It’s a short story, only two pages long, and very to the point. True to its title, the story simply gives 10 rules for being human. Here they are:

  1. You will receive a body
  2. You will learn lessons
  3. There are no mistakes, only lessons
  4. A lesson is repeated until learned
  5. Learning lessons does not end.
  6. “There” is no better than “here”
  7. Others are merely mirrors of you
  8. What you make of life is up to you
  9. Your answers lie inside you
  10. You will forget all this

I LOVED this story; especially rules 6 – 10. I feel like these are things many of us know, but need to keep hearing. As rule #10 states: you forget them! I should print this out and hang it all over my house so I’ll never forget “the rules for being human”. Especially rule #9. There is so much noise around us nowadays that listening to yourself can be challenging. Anyway, I really loved this story and I felt I had to share it. Read these rules, enjoy them, forget them and read them again. Hopefully they inspire you as much as they did me.

Emmelyn X

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  • Reply
    September 13, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Mooie rules en zo herkenbaar! (Drukte, prikkels en daardoor niet altijd even makkelijk om de antwoorden binnenin jezelf te horen)

    • Reply
      September 13, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Hi Lotta! Thx voor je bericht! Mooi stukje he, genoot er echt van om het te lezen… X

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