“Life is too important to be taken seriously.” - Oscar Wilde
Rule #6 is one of the fundamental rules of life…Do you know what it is? Have you read The Art of Possibility by Benjamin Zander? If not, you should!
In this book, there is a story, and it goes like this:
“Two prime ministers are sitting in a room discussing affairs of state. Suddenly a man bursts in, apoplectic with fury, shouting and stamping and banging his fist on the desk. The resident prime minister admonishes him: “Peter,” he says, “kindly remember Rule Number 6,” whereupon Peter is instantly restored to complete calm, apologizes, and withdraws. The politicians return to their conversation, only to be interrupted yet again twenty minutes later by a hysterical woman gesticulating wildly, her hair flying. Again the intruder is greeted with the words: “Marie, please remember Rule Number 6.” Complete calm descends once more, and she too withdraws with a bow and an apology. When the scene is repeated for the third time, the visiting prime minister addresses his colleague: “My dear friend, I’ve seen many things in my life, but never anything as remarkable as this. Would you be willing to share with me the secret of Rule Number 6?” “Very simple,” replies the resident prime minister. “Rule Number 6 is ‘Don’t take yourself so g—damn seriously.” “Ah,” says his visitor, “that is a fine rule.” After a moment of pondering, he inquires, “And what, may I ask, are the other rules?”
“There aren’t any.”
In other words, life is so much better, satisfying, and human if you live it with as much transparency and sincerity and, above all, humor, as possible. And that you laugh at yourself…a lot!! Actually, don't laugh at yourself, laugh with yourself.
This page is dedicated to stories and ideas where Rule #6 takes precedence over any other self-imposed rule.
If you have stories and ideas along this vein, I would love to see them (and post them here, if you're willing!!)
The Yoga Comics
If you are a yogi (or a householder, animal lover, superhero fan, or just a person) you might like the Yoga Comics. This project was created by Boonchu Tanti is all about the real-life humor that goes along with being an 8-limb householder. Elise Espat and I are editors and have written some of the stories. Boonchu is the awesome artist!! Check out The Yoga Comics facebook page for new stories. Here is a story of mine that might right true with some of you householder/parent/yogi types:
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