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The Second 10 Commandments
submitted by Bettina Grahek


Thou Shalt

1. Exercise thy Body

There's no need to climb mountains as Moses did, but if you don't use it, you'll lose it. A famous physician once wrote, "If exercise came in a pill bottle, it would be the most widely prescribed medicine of all."

2. Exercise thy Mind

A sound mind in a sound body… Again, if you don't use it, you'll lose it. Read. Write. Go back to school. Exchange ideas. Be creative. Be reflective. Learn something new everyday. Share what you learn with others.

3. Exercise thy Spirit

Read inspirational and/or scriptural works. Don't be afraid to be open and loving. Give - and allow others to give to you.

4. Exercise thy Willpower

Examine your habits - the ones you want to develop, and the ones you want to change. Then, set goals and make those changes.

5. Have a Happy Heart

Laugh. Live. Create. Share surprises. Help others find joy and purpose in their lives.

6. Play

Schedule time for pure play, and find ways throughout your day to have fun.

7. Eat, Drink, and be Merry - Sensibly

Don't eat or drink or do anything else to excess. Don't smoke cigarettes or use harmful drugs. Don't take stupid chances.

8. Give up Guilt, Regret, and Depression

Let go of the past, and move on! Decide what's wrong (not who's wrong), and take action.

9. Fear not the Future

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. The future's not totally in your control, but if you take care of today, most of the future will take care of itself.

10. Live Now

Learn from the past, plan for the future, and live in the present. Love others (and yourself) appropriately - now. Look for leaders (living, dead or imagined) who are worthy of admiration, and imitate their good qualities. Pursue and preserve healthy relationships; you become like those you are with.


The Author


Bettina Ann Grahek is an educational administrator with a passion for teaching and leading new thinking, new beliefs, and new practices for leadership in education.

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