Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Rules

As I mentioned last week I had a really good friend of mine pass away recently. She joined the Peace Corps at the age of 67, worked hard for almost two years, but in the last few months of her service she developed a brain tumor. She was able to come home, celebrate her 69th birthday with her 4 boys and spend some good quality time with them. Alas, the tumor just kept growing from all the seizures she was having. She passed peacefully and had accomplished so much. She was honored at her services last week by having the Country of Jordan Peace Corps director there on Thursday, then on Friday a Washington DC representative presented her sons with not only a letter from the President of the United States, and a letter of recognition from the Peace Corps director, but also with an American Flag and Peace Corps flag that were flown half mask, in her honor, over the Peace Corps Washington DC Headquarters last week. She was doing great work in Jordan. Here is the link from the Peace Corps press release of her passing.

What inspired me to write today was this about Julianne. She studied Art at Immaculate Heart College and we were introduced to the RULES of the College Art Department at her services last week. I used to be a teacher and loved to read the rules from other teachers, educators. I am now a mother and that is a teacher everyday. Oh, and I work with a bunch of guys and sometimes I feel like I am the teacher of the computer, the office supplies, the copier and all that goes into keeping my part of the office running smoothly (LOL). Working with Scouting I am a teacher and well, there are rules to follow there.

Now I have to admit that my brain is in the weight loss mode most of the time. Ok - all of the time. I read these rules and thought that most of these rules apply to what I am trying to accomplish, what my fellow bloggers are trying to accomplish and many of my friends are working towards. We are working hard to lose weight, that we have teachers, trainers, supporters and our own selves to think about - that there are RULES that should be followed. We might not like the RULES, but it is good to have RULES so you have a good base, structure and reminders for when you go off the path of success or just want to keep on the right path.

I want to put these RULES into effect with my own weight loss. I have been struggling with my goals and want to be further then I am, BUT that is up to me. I am the one that is making the decisions of what is right, what is wrong, how I work out or lack of working out.....so I won't offer any "definition" or "insight" to how I take these rules or how I perceive them in regards to my weight loss. You can come up with your own conclusion - but I really like these rules - they should be used in many aspects of our lives.

So. without further ado - here are THE RULES (brought to you by the Immaculate  Heart College Art Department)

RULE 1
Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.

RULE 2
General duties of a student: Pull everything out of your teacher.
Pull everything out of your fellow students.

RULE 3
General duties of a teacher: Pull everything out of your students.

RULE 4
Consider everything an experiment

RULE 5
Be self disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self disciplined is to follow in a better way.

RULE 6
Nothing is a mistake. There's no win and no fail. There's only make.

RULE 7
THE ONLY RULE IS WORK. If you work it will lead to something.
It's the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch on to things.

RULE 8
Don't try to create and analyse at the same time. They're different processes.

RULE 9
By happy whenever you can mange it. Enjoy yourself. It's lighter then you think.

RULE 10 
"We're breaking all of the rules. Even by leaving plenty of room for X quantities." John Cage

Helpful hints: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes, read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything-it might come in handy later. There should be new rules next week.


Staying MOtivated MO

3 comments:

Jo said...

Oh, I love these! I'm printing and putting on the fridge. Thanks for sharing a part of your friend with us.

Christina said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. It sounds like she was a really neat lady! Those rules are GREAT.

Chubby McGee said...

This is so sweet. I love her rules. Thank you so much for sharing. I'm sure she's happy you're keeping her alive through memories of her. :)