Posts tagged ‘Spike Carlsen’

March 9, 2016

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)