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.

How I Met your Mother wallpaper featuring the 5 main characters. how_i_met_your_mother_by_sziszif1-d59ah7n

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.

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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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32 Responses

  1. OMG next week’s prompt. I’m not sure I can go there. Have seriously been having the weirdest people appear in my dreams lately.
    Raych aka Mystery Case recently posted..8 Rules to Live Your Life by

  2. I love rule number 3. I’m going to think about that a little more….good work.
    Lydia C. Lee recently posted..Rules to live by….

    • Kirsty says:

      Rule #3 is a priority for me – I hate worrying about actions and words that I’ve done during the day and wishing that I had not have said them. Nothing worse than being struck with guilt and remorse and shame in the middle of the night….

  3. jess says:

    I love HIMYM but was super disappointed by the ending 🙁 You have great rules to live by, certainly more morally strong than myself I think. I do have a wicked silver tongue at times and it can get me into trouble…
    jess recently posted..The Friday Wrap 24.7.15

    • Kirsty says:

      The ending was polarising. I still love the show but I was disappointed too with how it ended. It could have been done very differently and still have been awesome!

  4. I love HIMYM too – great show!! Love your 5 rules and if I were to make a list of rules I live by those would certainly be in there! xo
    Min@WriteoftheMiddle recently posted..Taking Stock – July 2015

  5. I love Barney too. Such great rules to live by. With three girls I am hoping to help my kids avoid being bitchy! Tough gig! Bron
    Bron -Flat Bum Mum recently posted..Styling Session – Style challenges

    • Kirsty says:

      I hear you Bron – I have two girls and the bitchiness is already coming to the fore with them. I just hope they get through it as soon as possible!

  6. Cate says:

    I’ve never watched HIMYM, but my dad said “if you can look your kids in the eye at the end of the day, then you’ve done it properly”, which is similar to your #3.
    Cate recently posted..Hello Monday

  7. Zita says:

    Great rules!!
    I used to like HIMYM but gave up after a while as I was getting so frustrated as I just wanted to know how they bloody met!!! haha… Maybe a rule for me should be to not be so inpatient!
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  8. My kids love HIMYM but I must confess I’ve never watched it! Your rules resonate strongly with me, particularly 1, 2 and 4. We have a rule that we don’t answer the phone when we are having dinner – that’s family time and therefore sacrosanct x
    Janet aka Middle Aged Mama recently posted..My Philosophy of Life

  9. Julie says:

    I love number 3. So important and I am going to print it out.
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    • Kirsty says:

      I find that it definitely keeps me out of trouble Just make sure you change conscious to conscience – I was clearly having a shocker when I first wrote this post!

  10. pc says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I just realised that I don’t have rules listed down like most do… maybe it is the Chinese thingy ;p.

    Your rules resonate with me too, I like you #5 a lot- reminded to to do my very best before I give up, including parenting.
    pc recently posted..Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland

  11. Ness says:

    I absolutely love all of your rules. You’re very wise and insightful and have the right priorities. My family are my coat of armour against the World. I’m not going to care if any one likes me and all my weirdness because I have them and they always come first. I could work on the giving things a go thing, though. Ahem.
    Ness recently posted..Rules to live by

  12. I have been saying to my 11 yr old… If you cd say something nice… Then say nothing.. I think he is finally understanding… Pst I nominated you for alienated award
    Natalie @ our parallel connection recently posted..The Liebster Blog Award

  13. Jo Tracey says:

    The best rules are really just common sense. Not sure I can go near next weeks prompt…. 😉
    Jo Tracey recently posted..Something about rules…

  14. I don’t really have rules as such, but a lot of my morals match up with your rules above. This post totally made me realise I never saw the ending of HIMYM! Better look it up on Netflix!
    Toni @ Finding Myself Young recently posted..Tomorrow you are 2

  15. I don’t really like rules because I suck at sticking to them! I like no. 3 though and for got me thinking about how I need to just be quiet, zip it and say nothing. Hmmmm things to aim for perhaps. Thanks for having me this week. Mel xx
    Melanie Greenhalgh recently posted..homehello Competition – The Cleaning Fairy has Arrived

  16. Hubby and I loved how i met your mother! Have some rules in my head though have not written them out. I will have to rectify that.
    stephanie@stephsjoy recently posted..Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens

    • Kirsty says:

      There’s possibly no need to write them down. I’ve carried mine in my head for years but at least they are out there now to help me with ongoing accountability.

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