I Must Confess…5 rules I live by
Nathan and I recently binge watched the entire 9 seasons of How I Met Your Mother (thank you Netflix!). It has long been a favourite TV series for us but we realised that we had never seen the last half of the final season.
So we decided to watch it from the start in order to be in the right frame of mind for the end. Well that’s what we told ourselves, anyway…
I fell in love with the show all over again (despite the controversial ending). I love everything about it – the comedy, the pop culture references, the drama and the interaction between the characters. As I was a similar age (okay maybe a little older) to the characters as it aired, I felt like I grew up with them. They felt like friends.
I totally think I could be friends with Lily. She scares me but she intrigues me in equal measure. I would love to give Marshall a big hug – he seems like a hugger. I want to have a big deep and meaningful with Robin, although I’m sure she’d brush me off – deep and meaningfuls aren’t really her thing. And I’d totally be Ted’s wingman, if he’d have me.
But of all the characters, it’s Barney who I would love to meet the most. He is a hideous character on the surface, lacking morals or principles. But of all the characters, he is the one who actually does have a specific moral code and who most closely adheres to it.
Apart from the 150-odd rules contained in the Bro Code, Barney also has “my one and only rule” – except this one rule changes all the time. Because I’m a superfan, I checked out how many references he made through the series to “my one and only rule”. It turns out Barney has done so on countless occasions, with 40 alone listed in a dedicated blog post about “my one and only rule.”
Barney is most definitely a rules man.
Now I don’t have a dedicated blog or book spelling out my rules. It would be a very short blog or book if that was the case as I don’t have nearly as many rules as Barney! But I do have a few rules that I do try to live by. Rules that I’m teaching my kids to follow too in order to become good people as they grow up.
5 rules I live by
1. Treat everyone with respect and dignity. A variation of the biblical rule “do unto others as you’d have done unto you.” I believe that if you are polite and respectful to others that they will more than likely treat you the same way. It has steered me in the right direction so far in my life, so I’m sticking with it.
2. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all (an oldie but a goodie). There are times where I bend or break this rule, but generally I do try to keep my mouth shut if I have nothing nice to say about someone or something. Nothing good comes from being mean.
3. Live your day so you can sleep soundly at night. I detest worrying about things that I’ve done or said in the dark of night when there is nothing else to distract you from your concerns. So I do my best to live by my conscious and do the right thing during the day so I can sleep soundly at night.
4. Family comes first. This needs no explanation but I will do anything for my family. They come before everything else.
5. Don’t give up until you give something a real go. I’m a strong person but there have been many times where I’ve been tempted to give up because everything seemed too hard. But, I refuse to give up just because something is difficult. I believe in giving something a good proper go before calling it quits – I resolve to power through every obstacle.
When I’m presented with a challenge, I do as Barney would do – I call “Challenge Accepted!”
Do you have a rule or a few rules that you live by? Care to share today as part of I Must Confess?
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