the first rule

okay, not knowing where to begin,
i shall begin at the beginning!

well, that’s not true…
i’ve already begun, haven’t i?
this will be the third blog on the book,
12 rules for life’ by jordan peterson.
so i guess i’m not really starting at the beginning.
and all of this makes me think of one of the rules –
‘be precise in your speech.’
but that’s rule number eight.
(gotta work on that one…)

so um…..
let me just get into the first rule.
i’ve mentioned it earlier –
it’s ‘stand up straight with your shoulders back.’

and i think this is probably his most fun chapter.
if you don’t like the first chapter, you probably
won’t like the rest of the book. this one had me grinning
through quite a lot of it. i loved it.

he goes on a lot about lobsters.

i’m just gonna leave the lobsters to anyone curious
about the book to go read themselves,
and just share what i loved so much –
what stands out for me with this guy is the total
attitude of take care of yourself, do your work,
it’s up to you to get it together. and the way he just
plops it down and makes me feel like –
‘here. now, you gonna do it or not?’ –
that’s the feeling i get. and i like that.

no. i love that.
i think it speaks to something that i really need.

and that’s what this posture stuff is about.
it’s the start of it all. it makes sense this is his first rule.

‘Standing up means voluntarily accepting the burden of Being.’
(and yes, i just love that he capitalized ‘Being.’)

‘Your nervous system responds in an entirely different manner when
you face the demands of life voluntarily.’

(is that not perfect for the times right now?!)

‘So, attend carefully to your posture. Quit drooping and hunching around.
Speak your mind. Put your desires forward, as if you had a right to them –
at least the same right as others. Walk tall and gaze forthrightly ahead. ‘

and this made me grin –
‘People, including yourself, will start to assume that you are competent
and able (or at least they will not immediately conclude the reverse).
Emboldened by the positive responses you are now receiving,you will
begin to be less anxious.’

that’s the start.
and you know what?
that’s enough to keep me busy forever!
but i’ve only just begun.

standing tall!