“There is one thing that you have in common with ancient people. Just like they were human then, you are human now.” -Michael J. Fite
For today’s inspiration, I want to share with you some simple life lessons from the Ancient Sanskrit that can help you understand how to be human.
Before we go into this, I want to give you four important facts:
Being human is something that you are by natural design because you were born as one.
There are no two humans who are exactly the same, so embrace what makes you unique as a human.
It is easy to lose sight of being human when you refuse to experience failure or being wrong.
You were human yesterday, are human today, and if given the opportunity, will be human tomorrow. Nothing you have, say, do will change this fact.
I offer up these four facts because I want you to understand that there is nothing wrong with being human. By being human, we learn and apply lessons, see and make mistakes, conquer and overcome challenges, and live life to the fullest.
What are the nine ancient rules to being human?
Taken from Ancient Sanskrit, I want to give you nine rules to being human. I will list the rules and give my take on the rules below:
You will receive a body.
- From birth, you are given a body in which you must live your life in.
- Your body is custom made for you.
- For women, even though a child may share your body during pregnancy, they do not get to keep your body because it ultimately belongs to you.
You will learn lessons.
- Every day you live, life will teach you lessons.
- The lessons can vary in length and time.
- Whether you like the lessons or not, you will learn something from them.
There are no mistakes, only lessons.
- You are going to have trials and error to everything that you do.
- Every mistake you make is simply another lesson you must learn.
- From mistakes comes the opportunity for growth.
A lesson is repeated until it is learned.
- You are going to get a lesson over and over until you correctly learn why you are getting that lesson.
- The lesson will recycle itself to you in various ways.
- When you correctly learned the lesson, you can move onto a new lesson.
Learning lessons does not end.
- You will never stop learning lessons as long as you live.
- Everything you say, think, and do has lessons attached to it.
- Even when you are on a break or vacation, the lessons are still happening.
‘There’ is no better than ‘here.’
- You are going to turn your there (the future) into here (the present) about someone or something you want in life.
- Once you have your ‘here’ in your life, you will seek for another ‘there’ that will be better than the ‘here’ that you got.
- The cycle of turning ‘there’ to ‘here’ will be continuous because you always want new or better in your life.
Others are merely mirror of you.
- You can see what you like and hate about yourself through your actions towards another person or thing.
- You may hate someone or something, but they serve as a reflection of what you think and feel about yourself.
- It is a game of monkey see, monkey do when people mirror you.
What you make of your life is up to you.
- You are ultimately in control of what your life will become.
- What you do with what is given to you will help you determine the outcomes of the people, things, and even yourself in your life.
- People can serve as factors, but they will not be held accountable for you not making the most out of your life.
The answers lie inside of you.
- You hold the answers to the questions that you have in your life.
- You have to be willing to stop in order to look, listen, and trust in what the answers are before you.
- The answers you have inside of you can solve your mysteries and enlighten your life.
I encourage you to look at and reflect on your life in general. You will see that the ancient rules listed above have existed in your life from day one. Being human is who you are and everything that you have thought, said, and done up to this point reflects that. Let’s remember that no matter who and what you are to yourself or someone else, you are always going to be human.
I have four questions that I would love for you to give some thought. Feel free to answer and comment below:
What makes you human from your own perspective?
Which of the ancient rules of being human holds the most truth to your life and why?
Do you have any ancient rules of your own to add to being human?
What would you recommend to someone who trying to find out how to be human?
Your answers and comments can help yourself or someone else understand that being human is a process and in learning from the rules, you can become successful and live a fulfilling life being human.