1.   YOU WILL RECEIVE A BODY.  You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period this time around.

 2.   YOU WILL LEARN LESSONS.  You are enrolled in a full-time, informal school called life.  Each day in the school, you will be presented with opportunities to learn what you most need to know.  The lessons presented are often completely different from the ones you think you need.

 3.   THERE ARE NO MISTAKES, ONLY LESSONS.  Growth is a process of trial and error, and experimentation.  You can learn as much from failure as you can from success.

 4.   A LESSON IS REPEATED UNTIL IT IS LEARNED.  A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it.  When you have learned it (as evidenced by a change in your attitude and ultimately, your behavior), then you can go on to the next lesson.

 5.   LESSONS DO NOT END.  There is no age of life that does contain its lessons to be learned.

 6.   ‘THERE’ IS NO BETTER THAN ‘HERE.’  When your ‘there’ has become a ‘here,’ you will simply discover another ‘there’ that will, again, look better than your ‘here.’

 7.   OTHERS ARE MERELY MIRRORS OF YOU.  You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.  When tempted to criticize others, ask yourself what behavior of yours they are mirroring to you.

 8.   WHAT YOU MAKE OF YOUR LIFE IS UP TO YOU.  You have all the tools and resources you need; what you create with them is up to you.  Remember that through desire, goal setting, and the right effort, you can have anything you want, but not everything you want.  Persistence is the key ingredient for success.

 9.   THE ANSWERS LIE INSIDE YOU.  The answer to all of life’s questions lie within you.  All you need to do is ask, look, listen, and trust.

 10. YOU WILL FORGET ALL THIS.  You will forget all of the rules unless you regularly practice some means of staying focused and grounded in the present.  Your ego will continually try to trick you into blaming your past or becoming anxious about your future.  Thus will you lose contact with the present and become asleep to the lessons and realities of life.


Shared by Brent Birchler

Boys Camp Director