When I am working at life coaching with clients, I can always recommend Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D's excellent and simple book, If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules: Ten Rules for Being Human. Scott's book originally began as a part of Jack Canfield's popular anthology Chicken Soup for the Soul, and was so well received it got expanded to a book of its own in 1998.
Scott's rules for being human include:
You will receive a body. You might love it or hate it, but it's yours for the duration of the game. Take care of it. Nurture it.
You will be presented with lessons. Try to learn from them.
There are no mistakes, only lessons.
Lessons are repeated until they are learned. If you don't learn the lesson, you get it again.
'There' is no better than 'here'. This reminds me of Jon Kabat-Zinn's concept of mindfulness: wherever you go, there you are.
Learning never ends. As long as you are alive, there are lessons to be learned. Even seniors have things to learn as they cope with aging, loss and change.
Other people in your life are mirrors of you. What you see in others is a reflection of yourself and how you see the world. Whether you see light or darkness in others, it all tends to be a reflection of you.
What you make of your life is up to you. The tools and resources you need are already with you.
Your answers lie inside of you. Learn to be quiet, take time for reflection, listen and trust yourself.
You will forget all these things at birth, and need to learn them in order to be fully human and live with wholeness.
All of these rules are great to take with you to launch into a beautiful, fresh new year. These mind-sets will help you create an attitude of openness and self-reflection, andcreate personal and career growth. These core beliefs will assist you in becoming more proactive in your life, learning continually, and evolving. They will guard you against getting stuck in bitterness or negativity. Life is a game, and knowing the rules really helps.