Flicking through the pages I came across a personal manifesto that I had written. I can't remember where I found the guidelines for writing a personal manifesto, but recall that it is a declaration of your core values and beliefs, what you stand for, and how you intend to live your life. I thought I would share some of my personal manifesto with you.
- I shall cultivate peace of mind. I know that I can change the way that I feel at any moment, simply by changing my thoughts.
- 'I intend to enrich my mind by reading books.' James Allen (philosopher).
- I shall improve myself every day in some way, whether it's by dropping a negative belief, learning a new word, or adding to my knowledge of the World.
- I shall not take things personally. I know that what others say and do is a projection of their own reality; it has nothing to do with me. 'Expecting the World to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian.' Dennis Wholey.
- I shall make home sacred space. 'Home interprets heaven' Charles Henry Parkhurst.
- I shall see mistakes as feedback, I will adjust my aim, and I will try again. 'Failure, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward towards success.' Charles F Kettering.
The above words are just a snapshot of my values and how I want to live my life. It is a pity that the words were tucked away in Simone's daily 'bible' which I had totally forgotten about! I will make a concerted effort to look at this book daily and see how much I am adhering to my manifesto.
If you are feeling lost or looking for a frame for your life, I recommend a personal manifesto for moving forward. Just don't do as I do and forget to read it!