Use things not people.
Take what you need peacefully but see that it is not more than you give.
There are consequences for our words and actions. Best we practice the golden rule.
Seek to understand before expecting to be understood.
There are billions of other people in the world. Multitudes are likely to have philosophies and opinions different from yours or mine. In fact, some may upset us to one degree or another. They are entitled to their beliefs just as much as we are. Lets not arbitrarily conclude that ours are valid and theirs are not. It might be the other way around.
Do not live in your head! If you do it is all but certain a life of mediocrity is waiting down the road for you.
Know when to gracefully accept circumstances and our own limitations in all our endeavors. It sounds nice but it is not true that hard work makes all things possible for everyone. Base your self-esteem on the integrity of your efforts as you may on occasion fall short of your goals.
Be responsible for your thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and behavior.
Respect other people’s religious beliefs. No offense but there is no definitive evidence which is the gospel as they are all faith-based.
Focus on the moment. Your life is today. Your life is now. This is not a rehearsal. Do not let your past haunt you. Forgive yourself and others. Make a flexible road map for your future taking steps in that direction daily or minute by minute if need be. If your map leads to a dead-end get a new map and start your journey again. Life is an adventure.
George Harrsion sang “all things must pass”. Good times and hard times will come and go. Have gratitude for the simplest good fortunes and shoulder your misfortunes with as much good character as you can muster. You often can lessen your pain by helping someone else through theirs.
Steer clear of those that live in the land of black and white. Those that preach the good guy, bad guy, white hat, black hat mentality. To quote George Harrison once again, “Beware of darkness”.
Try to take at least five minutes each day and train your mind to quiet it thoughts i.e. meditate.