Friday, November 07, 2008

Personal Laws

"The Game" was an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that featured the minor character of Ensign Robin Lefler, starring Ashley Judd in her screen debut. Lefler had a quirk that stood out to me when I first saw the episode. She had, over her short life, composed 102 personal 'laws' or aphorisms that reflected important lessons that she had learned. For example "You can only count on yourself" and "Never date a co-worker." The idea of codifying life's lessons has intrigued me every since that 1991 episode, but I've only recently begun putting it into action. Here are a couple of personal laws that I've developed so far:

When in doubt, keep your mouth shut.

Nothing is a greater contributor to success in life than popularity.


If you had a set of personal laws, what might some of them be?

14 comments:

bob said...

It's never the wrong time to do something nice for someone.

Scotte Hodel said...

In the game of chess every move must accomplish at least two goals.

truevyne said...

You may have heard this one by St. Francis which I have taken as a personal law:
Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary use words.

Matthew Johnson said...

An old pastor in my conference once said, "Never trust a fart."

Keith Taylor said...

I had two back when I was single.

(1) Never date anyone who work where you work. (not necessarily a co-worker)

the corrolary to that was developed when I moved into an apartment...

(2) Never date a woman who lives close enough that you don't have to drive away in your car to go home.

Dan Trabue said...

Never engage in useless codifying of my beliefs... umm...

d'oh!

Rev. David Garrett said...

Live as if today was your last; plan as if you will live forever.

DannyG said...

Plan for the worst, hope for the best.

JD said...
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JD said...

"You've already failed if you haven't tried."

"If God had meant for rocks to fly He would have given them wings."

PAX
JD

Sorry for repost, severe spelling error. :)

the reverend mommy said...

Always carry a towel and remember -- Don't Panic!

the reverend mommy said...

Oh, yeah -- I also like the two hundred and seventeenth Rule of Acquisition --

You can't free a fish from water.

johnmeunier said...

Never build a life philosophy based on an episode of Star Trek.

Richard H said...

Pay attention. If you do nothing more than pay attention, you'll be ahead of most everyone else.