One of the subjects I studied at University was philosophy. Not that you would know that if you were ever to sit down and chat with me. Whatever tenuous knowledge, parked in short-term memory, I once had of the works by the great and the good in the world of philosophy has long since evaporated. In my defence it was a long time ago.
However I do seem to have a developed a sort of philosophy which I try to live by. Not I am afraid a system developed from original and insightful thinking. Neither were my *rules* garnered by perusing the pages of philosophical tomes. Rather they were gathered from here there and everywhere (sources include: articles in newspapers and magazines; overheard conversations; tweets; and some favourite quotes). Below are some of them.
- Be mindful of Karma! My definition of Karma may not be the same as the dictionary one; to me it means that whatever I do will be returned in a like manner. This is a concept which I always find easier to explain by use of the vernacular phrase ‘what goes around comes around’.
- Character is what you do when you think no one is looking.
- Bear in mind that what you say about other people says more about you than it does about them.
- Remember that everything passes both the good and the bad.
- ‘It’s never too late to be what you might have been’ This George Eliot quote is in my top ten favourite quotes.
- Always look on the bright side. There is an Alain de Bottan tweet which reminds me to try to seek the positive in whatever happens. It is ‘The difference between hope and despair boils down to an ability to spin different stories from the same facts’.
- ‘Happiness depends on ourselves’. And yes this is a quote form a famous ancient Greek philosopher, one Aristotle.
Do you have any *rules* to live by that you would be prepared to share.
Have a lovely weekend.