Personal Recipe by Harley Schreiber
I do not wish to expiate, but to live. My life is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady. I wish it to be sound and sweet, and not to need diet and bleeding. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Think about the type of person you’d NEVER want to be 5 years from now. Write out your own personal recipe to prevent this from happening and commit to following it. “Thought is the seed of action.”
I would never want to be a superficial, egocentric liar who manipulates people for their own self gain, consciously or not.
The fact is, you must live with integrity. If you say something, then you should try to do it and live by your own words. Yes, practice what you preach, without doubt. If you don't, then people can not trust you with their innermost thoughts and feelings, and to me, this is a sacred gift. If people share with you their inner self you have been given a responsibility to never harm them with your knowledge. However, if you are dishonest or manipulative, you can use their trust against them. This behaviour to me is repugnant and diabolical.
You must speak the truth. At best, in certain circumstances, it is better to say nothing at all, but always, avoid lying.
Act with the awareness that actions have consequences far reaching than just this one moment. Be conscious, strong and aware. Don't let opportunities pass you by.
If you do something for someone, don't think about it, reward yourself for it or praise your good deeds. It is what it is and then it is no more. Let it go. If you think you are so much better than everyone else, you start to feel superior and lose touch with reality. Don't let your right hand know what your left is doing, to paraphrase Jesus.
Remember not to judge other people. They are doing the best they can, with what they've got. And you are no better or worse than others. At the basic level, at the most important level, we are all the same, and it's important to remember this at all times. If you forget in moments of anger/frustration then return to a deeper awareness of the nature of our beings.
Can't think of anything else at the moment.