What’s your “Code of Life”?

By what principles do you choose to live your life?

When author and woodworker Spike Carlsen lost his 58-year-old father to a heart attack, Spike found this “Code of Life” scrawled on a piece of paper tucked at the back of his father’s desk drawer. It’s a simple man’s personal promise to live an honest and fulfilling life. And it’s good incentive for you create your own touchstone for a life well lived.

“Code of Life”

Let me achieve and hold fast to:

  • An awareness that my problems and successes are gnatlike in another’s eyes.
  • Simplification. The will to do it now.
  • Seeing the best in others and ignoring idle criticism about them.
  • Honesty with others, even though I may deceive myself.
  • Never taking myself seriously, but only my job.
  • Some personal privacy and respect for the same in others.
  • Recognition of substance from trivia and fighting only for the former.
  • The ability to laugh with others.
  • A few friends who share these views.

(From Cabin Lessons by Spike Carlsen)

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