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The Rules for Being Human

This showed up today. It is true, old, and universal.

About ivonprefontaine

I have been an educator for almost 20 years. Prior to that, I worked in private industry for 15 years, then returned to university to earn my education degree. For the past 11 years, I have been a co-creator of learning in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. A main theme in my learning there has been the roles of systems thinking, complexity theory, and organizational theory, and how they apply to education generally and the learning environment I share with students, parents, and colleagues.

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  1. This is a beautiful set of rules, and well worth some study. I find it hard to believe that it is as old as it is claimed to be, but that doesn’t make it any less valuable.

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  2. Wonderfully written.Very informative.I appreciate your visit to my website.Have a great day.Jalal

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  3. I have the rules saved in a youtube video. I was so happy to see the written rules in the photo you posted. Here is the youtube version:

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  4. #8 – valuable information….thank you for this post. re-posting on Justice for Raymond.

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  5. I’ve seen this, off and on, for years. Always a great share, thanks.

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  6. Kind of like the theme of 21 st century learning: learn from others, learning anywhere anytime, you are in control of your own learning, what you make of life is up to you…
    We have a variety of different tools to use to learn these lessons today. Enjoying your blog. You are great with words and images.

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  7. Many versions of this float around the web and still inspire. I believe the original is from Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott, author of If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules.

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  8. This is wonderful advice. Hard sometimes to keep in mind – especially rule number 7. I’m having some personal problems with one of my dearest friends right now, and it’s important (but hard!) to remember that it’s not all one person’s fault or the other.

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  9. Reblogged this on heartflow2012 and commented:
    The original is from Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott, author of If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules.

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  10. I see we are fellow educators and professional bloggers Ivon. Cool.

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  11. Thank you so much for liking my new post,Scheherazade.Jalal

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  12. Not really rules are they? More like a blueprint to being the light we already are…

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  13. They are good teachings. Where do the rules quote from? If you don’t mind, I want to know it. It is written that it is from ancient Sanskrit.

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    • They are attributed to Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott, author of If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules. But, someone else said they do come from ancient Sanskrit. I suspect they have been around in some form for a long time and Dr. Carter-Scott wrote her book around them from a contemporary perspective.

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  14. Your words were delightful to read! Its message so very real…excellent work my friend…a timeless post! It really touched me…and thanks for also visiting my site! Have a bless day!

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  15. Very nice. Inspiration springs forth when we allow ourselves to be “in-spirit,” aligned with our true essence Thank you for visiting my blog and offered your valuable opinions. Most welcome.

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  16. Reblogged this on Not Just Sassy on the Inside and commented:
    Add your thoughts here… (optional)

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  17. jalal michael sabbagh.http//gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com

    l watched the video,eye opening rules.Brilliant thoughts.My regards.jalal

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  19. Re-blogged on Zen Soapbox. And printed and posted on the fridge! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Reblogged this on DJCJ Articles.

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  21. Anything from the vedas always welcome. Thank you for sharing.

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  22. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    This is THE best post I have read, ever. Is it truly from ancient sanskrit though? How curious!

    Love no. 3 – ‘trail & error’ :)

    It simplifies things, really causes you to pause on what is life. It is so true life is what you make it – but truly, do we ALL have the resources we need? There are schizophrenics (like my sister), retarded people… just not sure on that bit. Yet, I love this totally. EXCELLENT :)

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    • It is a truly lovely piece. I am not sure of its origins but have been led to believe it has been around for a long time. More recently, it has been attributed to Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott, author of If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules.

      You are probably right that we do not all have the resources to operate, but for the vast majority if we paused and thought about life these would be wonderful guides.

      It is easily the most popular post. People seem to find even after five months. I posted it on June 29, 2012.

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  23. jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com

    Incredible set of rules.Excellent post .Wishing you a wonderful holidays season.Thank you for liking my post Christmas..jalal

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  24. this is one heck of a relevant list, thanks for posting!

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  25. Reblogged this on 1earthnow.

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  26. Reblogged this on truethresholds and commented:
    Such truth

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  28. Yes! Thank you for this. Thank you for stopping by my site. :-)

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  29. jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com

    l take this opportunity to wish you and yours joyous holidays and a wonderful new year.Thank you for keeping in touch.

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  30. Aum. Shanti, shanti
    :)
    “With each read and each share, more people can find wisdom in these words.”
    I am grateful you found this and shared this – definitely worth a reblog!
    ~Lyann

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  31. Ein gesundes neues Jahr wünschen wir.
    Wolfgang

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  32. Thanks for reading my poem-I will follow your blog and invite you to follow mine as well. Best Wishes, beebeesworld

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  33. Great post! It parallels my own personal beliefs exactly. Over the years, I’ve been taken by surprise more than once when various situations have arisen in which I am forced to take a step back, reflect carefully, and then recognize and accept the lesson being offered to me. In the end, the result has always been worth the effort. Have a nice evening and a wonderful weekend, and thank you for checking out my blog and choosing to follow my rantings and ravings. :D

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  34. The truth that few day believe in. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for stopping by and liking my blog post of Word of the Week Challente – Clouds! Your support is appreciated!

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  35. It’s nice quoting from Sanskrit when you’re french.

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  37. I was attending a seminar recently when the facilitator recited rules #7 and 8. This is an excellent post. thanks for sharing. God blesses.

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  38. As an arrogant young pup I would once have said “Pap!”.

    As an old dog I see that there’s great wisdom in that screed …

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  41. Reblogged this on Jericho777's Blog.

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  42. I enjoy your blog-keep up the great work! beebeesworld

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  43. I just love these rules. the lost for human who disobeyed them. Thank you for sharing.

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  44. Interessantissimo spazio d’Anima !!!!
    Torno a trovarTi presto!
    Grazie
    Claudio

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  45. Would that all read and be governed by these words. Virginia

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  46. thanks fro reading “the end of her dream: I enjoy your colulmn and appreciate your loyalty tto mine. beebeesworld

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  47. thanks for reading so loyally-i enjoy our work as well best wishes beebeesworlld

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  48. This message is so timely. Thank you.

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  49. Glad you came by and liked my post. These rules should be posted on everyone’s fridge.

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    Reblogged this on brainfried.

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  51. Thanks for reading Message from the Pat. I enjoy your blog as well. beebeesworld

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  52. Absolutely SO true! Thanks for this :)
    Blessings

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  53. Reblogged this on A Sacred Journey.

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  54. Thanks for liking my blog post “Insignificant” Personal Acts Of Knowledge Sharing http://kmbeing.com/2013/04/27/insignificant-personal-acts-of-knowledge-sharing/

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  55. Very cool poster! Now that is ONE I would like to see hung in each and every classroom! Instead of the $10,000 posters illustrating COMPETENCY STANDARDS that were TOTALLY not kid friendly…much less human friendly! (I was burdened with those Laminated Posters for my last 4 years of teaching in the public school).

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  56. Interesting post. i like it. :)

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  57. We all could use some more lessons, love this poster/quote/ wisdom you passed on to us!

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  58. Great list! Especially the being ‘here’ – whenever I focus on that I always remember I’m actually happy!!

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  59. Wonderful rules of life! Thank you for visiting, and liking “We Are Sexy”

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  60. well, this seems like a totally appropriate post, to thank you for liking that poem i was quite ‘anxious’ about posting. it meant a lot to me, ty.

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