Monday, July 28, 2008

Cardinal Rules I

It has come to my attention that we need to review the rules.

Not regular rules, which are meant to be bent, broken, twisted and otherwise tossed aside with scandalous disregard, but Cardinal Rules. Guidelines and standards by which we live, and which are never, ever broken.

In order to provide an all encompassing and comprehensive list, I have requested the assistance of four incomparable women who are wise, witty, experienced, strong, open minded and walk through each day with humor and a good woman's grace.

Welcome to Minx of The Inner Minx, Sognatrice of Bleeding Espresso, Heart of Guilty With an Explanation, and Vanilla of Absolute Vanilla. Thank you for your assistance ladies, I couldn't have designed a better team to produce these essential life rules.

We will feature each ladies Cardinal Rules for one day this week.

Cardinal Rules

Absolute Vanilla's Cardinal Rules:

Some (but by no means all!) Cardinal Rules:

If you don't want to know the truth, don't ask for it.

If you haven't got anything nice to say, don't say anything.

If aren't willing to play nicely, don't play at all.

Play nicely, but don't be a doormat. I mean, do you really want everyone's dirt rubbing off on you?

Set your boundaries, or run the risk of invasion.

Men, like grizzly bears, need their caves. Respect that and just let them be - or run the risk of being growled at or bitten.

If you want a strong willed person to do something, let them believe it was their idea. (How one achieves this is generally beyond me!)

If you want to get slim - don't eat carbs after lunchtime.

If you really want to get thin - don't eat sugar. Yes, that's right, put those jelly beans down now!

Laugh every day. Sing in the shower. Have fun. Smile at strangers. Talk to and cuddle animals. Hug trees. And practice mindfulness.

Walk tall and believe in yourself - you'll feel so much better about you and your life. Oh go on, try it, I dare you!

Practice positive affirmations - and do it in the present tense. So it's not "I want to be a successful published author", but "I am a successful published author". Now go and practice signing autographs!

Love yourself and know you're beautiful. Smile at yourself in the mirror. See, there you go - you are beautiful and lovable.

Know that all is one.

Thank you so much Vanilla!
Come back each day this week for more Cardinal Rules.


Suburbia said...

What fantastic rules!
If only I could keep them all :)

michelle of bleeding espresso said...

What a great list! The bar is high...better get writing ;)

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

What a great idea!Some real golden rules by Nicky there,though I find the no sugar thing so tough :(

Wanderlust Scarlett said...


Well, keep what you can and pass the rest along to others then.

Ciao Cara!

Your list will be wonderful too, I am absolutely certain of it!

Hi Sameera,

Isn't she great? Came up with a very good list and covered many bases.
No sugar IS tough.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Minx said...

Is there a penalty for breaking these rules - I think I may be guilty, very guilty....

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Hello Miss Minx!

I'm afraid you'll have to check with Vanilla on that... these are her Cardi's.


But I bet chocolate would take care of whatever travesty you've committed. Just a guess...

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

heartinsanfrancisco said...

A great list! I was also taught that if I couldn't say anything nice to say nothing at all, but I have always adored reading about Alice Roosevelt Longworth, daughter of Pres. Theodore Roosevelt, who said, "If you can't say anything nice about a person, sit right here next to me."

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Dear Hearts,

HA ha ha... that's the best. Olympia Dukakis said it in "Steel Magnolias" too.
"If you can't say something nice, then come sit next to me..."
SO funny.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

May Minx please be advised: there is absolutely no penalty at all!