MAKE LIFE A PARTY,
A GREAT ADVENTURE
Twelfth law for quality of life
TWELFTH WEEK OF PROGRAM
PHILOSOPHY FOR THE ACADEMY OF INTELLIGENCE
1. In modern society, dialogue is in trouble. Solitude has come to our homes, schools and workplace. We are ever closer physically and farther away from our own selves. Parents hide their tears from their children; children hide their dreams from their parents. Professors hide behind blackboards. Many hide behind statues, culture and money. We speak more about the world in which we live and are quiet about the world we are.
2. Knowledge has multiplied like never before, but we aren’t training people to think. Medicine, psychiatry and psychology have made enormous advances, but statistics show the norm is to be stressed and anxious…
… and that health is abnormal. What kind of society are we building?
3. Human beings tend to be giants in the world outside but children in the territory of emotions and the scenery of thought. Many know how to manage questions of logic, but ignore how to confront their tears, how to benefit from their loss, and how to gain lessons from frustration. Science has taken us to conquer outer space and the smallest atom, but not how to conquer our own selves. Having quality of life is becoming a mirage in the middle of the desert: beautiful but unattainable.
15. Having quality of life is knowing how to value smiles as well as grief. It’s showing humility in success and garnering lessons from failure. It’s giving thanks for applause, but knowing the greatest treasures of emotion are hidden in the most simple and anonymous of things.
16. Having quality of life is being conscious that each human being is a world to discover and a history to explore. Everyone has hidden treasures within, even those who are the most difficult and complicated, as well as those who make mistakes and always fail. Follow the gold in the interior of the person you love. Look for gold in your own being. Few know how to…
… find it, for that reason not many are able to have happy days.
17. Having quality of life is not fearing your own feelings. It is better to have the maturity to say, “I made a mistake;” look for the courage to ask for forgiveness, be valiant to accept a “no.” Having quality of life is being temperate in receiving criticism, even if it is unjust; it is making new friends, but never putting aside the old ones.
18. Having quality of life is being a sailor in the waters of emotion; kissing your children; hugging your parents and looking into the eyes of that someone special for you and telling them passionately, “I love you! I need you!”
19. It is being a friend of God and thanking him (her or it) every morning for the miracle of life… It is knowing that it is worthwhile to live despite each and every crisis, challenge, and difficulty, since having quality of life is to know how to use the psychological tools to obtain benefit from loss, strength in forgiveness, security in the middle of desperation, experience in the valley of fear, happiness in the territory of pain.
20. Above all, quality of life is being convinced that in spite of our errors, defects, and weaknesses, that life is…
21. A PRECIOUS AND UNIQUE GEM IN THE THEATER OF EXISTENCE…