Confucious Rules: 6 Lessons for Better Living

Beijing, China
Confucious Rules
 A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. 

 Do more than is asked with a happy heart.  Are you kidding me?  

 Right now I am teaching in a climate that is not conducive to positivity.  I've had my benefits slashed and wages cut.  I strive daily to fight off bitterness.  As hard it seems, I know these moments offer prime opportunities to adjust my attitude.  Not only will my level of happiness increase, but my stock will ultimately raise in the eyes of those that observe me.

In the end, we are what we have done.  I would go one step further and say - we are what we have done mixed with the attitude we had when we did it.

 Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. 

 Are your eyes really open?  Do you take time to breathe, slow down, and notice all of the miracles?  Do things like green grass, fresh air, kids giggling, and your good health make  you smile?  If you answered no to any of these questions it's time to wake up.  Yes, things go wrong all the time, but if you are breathing I'm pretty sure the most important things are going right.

 There is beauty in relationships.  There is beauty in forgiveness.  There is beauty in a gloomy rainy day.  It's a choice and focus.  

 What do you choose to focus on?  Easier said than done, but I hope you can see my point.

 I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. 

 I see this everyday in the classroom and at home with my daughter.  The absolute best way to understand something is to do it.  It's even better to do it more than once.  So many people don't attempt something because they are afraid of failing.  I say fail.  I say fail better the next.  So on and so on.  With each attempt the understanding increases.  Embrace your failures, learn from them, then move on to success.

 Here and now I challenge you.  Do something.  Anything.  Fail.  Who cares?  The lesson will stick.

 If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.

 You know I am a teacher so I had to include this.  Each child I teach is a doctor with the cure to cancer, an engineer that will make solar panels supremely efficient, or a politician that will lead people without using fear.  There is power in the lesson.  Above all others in society parents have the power to shape the future.  No matter what you teach you will become immortal.  

 What do you want your lesson to be?

 Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. 

 Preparation is the key to success.  I probably says this 10 times a day.  This is a very simple principle that is often neglected by child and adult alike.  Working hard to prepare tilts the scales of karma in your favor.  Experiment a little.  How do you best prepare?  You might use to do lists, an electronic notebook, or paper and pencil - the key is to figure out what works best for you and then stick with it.

 Taking a moment to think ahead followed by right action will certainly bring more success.

 The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.

 I've spent a few years working on Chew the Fat.  I'm not famous.  I'm not rich.  I'm alright with that.  

 When I write I am making the choice to think about poetry, inspiration, the wisdom of others, character, and much more.  It is through this constant focus that I can actually feel my life change.  I am shaping my world through the direction of my focus.  

 Where do you choose to focus your time?  Are you hooked into Grey's Anatomy?  Do you stalk others on Facebook?  Think for a moment about how your focus on these things might shape your world.  What would happen if you changed your focus?  Try it for 30 days and see what happens.

Who has been your greatest teacher?  What lessons did you take from them?  Who will deliver the next one?  Peace Out - Jeremy

All large words in bold belong to Confucious.

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