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Thursday, January 03, 2013

Alice Reads: My Twelve Commandments

Last year, I finished reading and digesting Gretchen Rubin's book, THE HAPPINESS PROJECT. It was one of the best books I've read in 2012. If you're curious about my decision to embark on a happiness project, please read this post I wrote in February last year. I'm about to embark on the next one, 21 Day Relationship Challenge, in conjunction with the author's second and latest book, HAPPIER AT HOME.

Now, My Twelve Commandments is something that I've been putting off doing until now. I was supposed to begin the project by getting the said list in order, but I always do things the unconventional way; you can also call me a procrastinator. The brand new 2013—one year later, that's now—provides a brilliant excuse and opportunity for me to revisit this important exercise. So, here it is, a colorful, graphical list I created just moments ago...




If you are wondering what this Twelve Commandments is all about, they are "the overarching principles by which I try to live my life" (I'm quoting Gretchen directly). If you already have your own list, I'd love to see yours! For more about The Happiness Project, please visit Gretchen Rubin's website at http://www.happiness-project.com/.

6 comments:

  1. Happy New Year Alice. Your commandments are so inspirational for me and I love the way you have chosen to represent them graphically!

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    1. (Belated) Happy New Year to you, too, Kathleen! I find that doing it graphically makes everything more fun and easier to remember. Haha!

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  2. I have to read The Happiness Project! Great post Alice, those are great principles to live a happy life by.

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    1. Naida, I really hope you would read the book. I have it with me in my study room all the time so that I could refer to it at any time.

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  3. Those are all good principles. I think my overarching principles would have to include the original ten given by God. :-) But Jesus did say those are summed up in two: loving God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength, and loving our neighbor as ourselves. For personal principles, I'd probably add "stretch yourself," not because I do that naturally, but because I don't. I'm very content with sameness and have to encourage myself to try new things and extend myself in new ways.

    Your last one makes me smile. I can't fathom people who say they are bored -- there are so many interesting things to do!

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    1. Barbara, the sameness offers stability and builds a strong foundation for everything else. :-)

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