Today I’ve decided to share some wisdom that comes from Dan Millman, author of The Way of the Peaceful Warrior. Dan was one of a small wave of fiction writers that were visionary enough to produce stories that challenged our ways of thinking and acting. His writing has influenced mine in significant ways. Listen, learn, and remember.

  1. We will learn lessons. We are enrolled in a full-time informal school called “Life”. Each day, in this school, we will be presented with opportunities to learn lessons. We may choose to like the lessons or not.
  2. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of experimentation, of trial and error, deviate-correct. What may be considered a “failure’ today is merely a stepping-stone toward tomorrow’s “success”.
  3. When we don’t learn the easy lessons, they get harder. A lesson is repeated as often as needed until it is learned. When the lesson is learned, we can go on to the next lesson.
  4. There is not part of life that does not contain its lessons. Pain is one way we know there is a lesson to be learned.
  5. We are exactly where we need to be, learning the lessons that need to be learned. The greatest opportunities in life very often come cleverly disguised as problems.
  6. Others are only our own mirrors. We cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to us something to us that we love or hate about ourselves.
  7. What we make of our life is and always has been up to us. We have all the tools and resources we need. What we do with them is up to us. The choice is now, and always has been, our own.
  8. The answers to all of life’s questions lie inside of us, waiting to be remembered. All we need to do is to ask – then to look, listen and trust.
  9. From time to time we will tend to forget these guidelines.
  10. We can remember any time we wish.

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