Ten Rules for Being Human by Cherie Carter-Scott

Ten Rules for Being Human

by Cherie Carter-Scott


You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s

yours to keep for the entire period.


You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time

informal school called, “life.”


There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of

trial, error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much

a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work.”


Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be

presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you

have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.


Learning lessons does not end. There’s no part of life that

doesn’t contain its lessons. If you’re alive, that means there are

still lessons to be learned.


“There” is no better a place than “here.” When your “there” has

become a “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again

look better than “here.”


Other people are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate

something about another person unless it reflects to you something you

love or hate about yourself.


What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools

and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice

is yours.


Your answers lie within you. The answers to life’s questions

lie within you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.


You will forget all this.

These are so true! Number 8 is especially powerful.

Balance, Don’t Forget It!

Balance is one of those things that I think a lot of people go through life without.  It applies to just about everything and can be hard to achieve.  In fact, we often forget to look for the balance in every situation.

Here are some examples:

1) Horseback Riding – The rider must balance their weight on the saddle.  Lean too far right or left and you risk falling off.  Lean too far forward descending a steep hill and you risk tumbling forward, horse and all. Constantly maintaining balance in the saddle is the key to happy horses and happy riders.

2) Triathlons – During a triathlon, the triathlete is balancing speed with energy exertion, meaning that you want to finish in the fastest time possible but still have energy left to make it across the finish line.  Fail at fueling your body correctly or pushing yourself too hard and your performance will show it.  Balance the speed and energy to be a successful triathlete.

3) Swimming – The key to moving through the water is perfect balance, which creates minimal drag.  Michael Phelps (sorry, you can’t talk about swimming and not mention him) is somewhat of a scrawny guy, but his success comes from finding the most streamlined position and movements in the water.  Phelps does not need power when he is not losing speed to drag; he just needs enough to maintain.   Balance makes you a happy, efficient swimmer.

4) Nutrition – Eating lots of one thing, really doesn’t work for the human body.  In fact, the phrase concerning moderation is right on.  Eating a balance of vegetables, fruits, proteins, and fats is the key to feeling great and losing weight.

5) Personal and Professional Life – Working too much can lead to burn out.  Not working enough can lead to bankruptcy and foreclosure. Not having enough fun can lead to depression.  Not exercising enough and eating too much can lead to obesity. I think you know where I am going with this.  Life balance is about getting paid to do something you enjoy, hanging out with the people that make you laugh, going to the symphony, and even sweating a lot playing basketball or running through the neighborhood.  Finding balance in life can be difficult and many die never having it. 

As you are reading this, ask yourself, Where is the balance in this moment?  Is the lighting just right?  Is your chair comfortable? What can you do to bring balance to the moment?

When you get up tomorrow, keep balance in mind all day.  Observe your world and find the places that you may have forgotten where balance exists or needs to exist. 


Those Long Days

Those Long Days seem to last forever. 

The task list never seems to get smaller. 

The email piles up.

Three crisis happen at the same time.

Your voicemail is full.

The database is still refreshing.

Lunch just didn’t seem filling.

There are no Chips Ahoy in the break room.

The coffee tastes like it has been there for years.

The air conditioning vent targets you and you only.

Yet, you perservere and come back the next day. 

Yep, those long days are just part of the fun!

Making Monday Inspirational

I find Monday to be most un-inspiring.  Being the first day following a pretty fun weekend and the first day of a five day work week, the psychology just does not give Monday the same energy as Friday.


But how do WE make Monday an inspirational day?  Well, let’s be creative!

A. Half day Monday.  We had them in school, so why can’t we have them in the workplace?   However, that half day has to be spent doing something productive that is of the employees own idea. That means the time can not be spent fulfilling a request, a project suggested by another person or a daily task.

B. Creative Monday.  For the entire day, we would do creative tasks like working soduko puzzles, drawing pictures, painting, dancing, etc, etc.  The idea is to allow us time to develop our own task that is creative and empowering.  Get the brain working!

C. Work From Anywhere Monday. With great remote access solutions like GoToMyPC, working efficiently away from the office is possible.   Let us work from the beach, our favorite coffee shop or even a wine bar! woh!

D. Choose your cube day!  For some of us that work in cubicles far from windows and natural light, an inspiring thought is to kick someone out of their cube by the window and occupy it, even for an hour!  So, why not have a first come, first serve, choose your cube day.  Bring your laptop, calendar, and coffee cup for one day and see the light!

Anyone have any other thoughts on ways to make Monday inspirational?