Too few of us take the time to think through the values and moral precepts that guide our lives. Here is an edited version of writer Robert Louis Stevensonfs (1850-1894) personal creed:
1. Make up your mind to be happy.
2. Make the best of your circumstances.
3. Donft take yourself too seriously.
4. Donft let criticism worry you.
5. Be yourself.
6. Stay out of debt.
7. Don’t borrow trouble; imaginary troubles are hard to bear.
8. Donft hold grudges; avoid people who make you unhappy.
9. Have a variety of interests; go places or read about them.
10. Donft brood; get over it.
11. Help those less fortunate.
12. Keep busy; a busy person never has time to be unhappy.
What precepts are guiding you? If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments. (Mt. 19:17) This reflection from Three Minutes a Day: Itfs Better To Light One Candle Than To Curse The Darkness, Vol. 40, was made available to Catholic Online by permission of the Christophers, a nonprofit organization that uses print, broadcast, and electronic media to encourage people of all ages, and from all walks of life, to use their God-given talents to make a positive difference in the world. (www.christophers.org).