Rules of Life by Richard Templar

Part I: Rules for you

  1. Keep it under your hat, don’t preach, propagate or even mention this
  2. You’ll get older but not necessarily wiser; wisdom isn’t about not making mistakes but about learning to escape afterward with our dignity and sanity intact
  3. Accept What is done is done and you need to just get on with things
  4. Accept yourself. You don’t have to improve or change or strive for perfection. Quite the opposite. Just accept.
  5. Know what counts and what doesn’t. There are some things in this life that is important and a whole lot of things that aren’t
  6. Dedicate your life to something. A yardstick to measure How and what I am doing and where I am going
  7. Be flexible in your thinking. Try not to see life as an enemy, but as a friendly sparring partner
  8. Taking an interest in the outside world is about developing you, rather than for the world’s benefit
  9. Be on the side of the angels, not the beasts
  10. Only dead fish swim with the stream. Life is meant to be a series of struggles and lulls
  11. Be the last to raise your voice
  12. Be your own adviser, intuition.
  13. No fear, no surprise, not hesitation, no doubt
  14. I wish I’d done that, and I will. The world is divided into those who look at others enviously and those who look at others as a motivational tool
  15. Count to 10, you’ll get an appropriate response
  16. Change what you can change, let go of the rest. Dedicate yourself personally to things you can change, areas where you can make a difference.
  17. Aim to be the very best at everything you do, not the second best. Failing is fine. Aiming for the second best isn’t.
  18. Don’t be afraid to dream
  19. Don’t dwell on the past. Live here, live now. Live in this moment.
  20. Don’t live in the future. Dreams are great but reality is fine too
  21. Get on with life, it’s whooshing past. You have to give it a bit of thought if you want to get the best out of it
  22. Dress like today is important. People will react differently to you if you dress as if it matters.
  23. Have a belief system. You don’t have to prove it to anyone else, justify it, even show it
  24. Leave a little space for yourself each day, where you do absolutely nothing
  25. Have a plan, or it will always remain a dream
  26. Have a sense of humor
  27. Choose how you make your bed. Do the right thing every time, you know what it is
  28. Life can be a bit like advertising, you’ll never know from which bits of effort comes the best reward.
  29. Get used to stepping outside your comfort zone. Expanding your comfort zone makes you feel good about yourself.
  30. Learn to ask questions
  31. Have dignity. It’s about showing self-respect and having quiet self-esteem
  32. It’s ok to feel big emotions
  33. Keep the faith
  34. You’ll never understand everything.
  35. Know where true happiness comes from, it’s right in yourself
  36. Know when to let go, when to walk away.
  37. Look after yourself
  38. Maintain good manners in all things
  39. Prune your stuff frequently
  40. Remember to touch the base
  41. Draw the lines around yourself
  42. Shop for quality, not price
  43. It’s okay to worry, or to know how not to
  44. Staying young is trying out new tastes, new places to go, new styles
  45. Throwing money at a problem doesn’t always work
  46. Think for yourself
  47. You are not in charge
  48. Have something in your life that takes you out of yourself
  49. Only the good feel guilty
  50. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all

Part II: Partnership rules

  1. Accept the differences; embrace what you have in common
  2. Allow your partner the space to be themselves
  3. Be nice, go back to square one and start being courteous again
  4. You have to be prepared for them to be independent, strong , out in the world separate from you
  5. Be the first to say sorry
  6. Go that extra step in trying to please them
  7. Always have someone – or something – that is pleased to see you
  8. Know when to listen and when to act
  9. Have a passion for your life together
  10. Make sure your lovemaking is making love
  11. Keep talking, it helps us understand, listen, share and communicate
  12. Respect privacy
  13. Check you both have the same shared goals
  14. Treat your partner better than your best friend
  15. Contentment is a high aim
  16. You don’t both have to have the same rules

Part III: Family and friends rules

  1. If you are going to be a friend, be a good friend. The most important bit is being there, not just for the good times
  2. Never be too busy for loved ones
  3. Let your kids mess up for themselves – they don’t need any help from you. You can’t steer them right all the time or they’d never learn for themselves
  4. Have a little respect and forgiveness for your parents
  5. Give your kids a break
  6. Never lend money unless you’re prepared to write it off
  7. There are no bad children
  8. Be up around people you love
  9. Give your kids responsibility
  10. Your children need to rebel to leave home
  11. Your kids will have friends you don’t like
  12. Your role as a kid, you have a duty to be courteous, thoughtful and cooperative toward your parents
  13. Your role as a parent, supportive, encouraging, kind, patient, educational, loyal, honest, caring, loving

Part IV: Social rules

  1. We’re all closer than you think. The difference between us is so very little when you wipe away the veneer we all wear
  2. It doesn’t hurt to forgive
  3. It doesn’t hurt to be helpful
  4. Take pride in what we do collectively
  5. What’s in it for them
  6. Hang out with positive people
  7. Be generous with your time and information
  8. Get involved
  9. Keep the moral high ground. It tastes a lot better than revenge
  10. Have a plan for your career
  11. Learn to see your community as part of a bigger picture
  12. Look at the long-term ramifications of what you do for a living
  13. Be good at your job

Part V: World rules

  1. Be aware of the damage you are doing
  2. Be for the glory, not the degradation
  3. Be part of the solution, not the problem
  4. Check what history would say about you
  5. Keep your eyes open at all times
  6. Not everything can be green
  7. Put something back
  8. Find a new rule everyday – or occasionally at least

~ by antinomian on October 27, 2007.

20 Responses to “Rules of Life by Richard Templar”

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  9. Hi. I’d like to know exactly what you, meant when you said “prun your stuf frequently, remenber to touch the base”. Please do send me the reply. Thanks.

  10. I really appriciate this, i also wonder how all this ruls can be kept. Thanks

  11. Dis rules are really helping my everydays in life.

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  15. This is a lovely write up… Kudos to Richard

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  20. Amaizing write-up….its virtually true.

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