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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Code for Living Well

"Be An Instrument of Good"

"Learn to enjoy things without owning them.
Spend time each day with positive thoughts and ideas.
Own your personal limits.
Share your talents and time with the community.
Care for a plant, garden or other living things.
Learn to live with ambiguity.
Dress simply and neatly.
Reject consumption patterns that breed oppression for other people or the earth.
Find inexpensive ways to celebrate life.
Exercise regularly.
Help create an atmosphere that fosters contemplation.
Develop a deeper appreciation for all creation.
Let nothing distract you from your main goal – to seek God.
Learn to eat sensibly and sensitively.
Make recreation healthy, happy and gadget-free.
Know the difference between significant travel and self-indulgent travel.
Live now the way you would honestly like to live.
Join with others in reshaping institutions in order to bring about a more just global society.
Seek peace and pursue it.
Become acquainted with different races and cultures.
Choose work that is fulfilling and contributes to the well-being of others.
Recycle whatever you can.
Purchase goods that are durable, usable and beautiful.
Make a yearly inventory of your clothes and possessions and develop a habit of giving things away.
Practice conservation of natural resources.
Speak from your heart."

~ The Benedictines

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