Liberally sprinkled throughout my book on eating disorders and mentoring, Beating Ana, are quotes from my favorite piece of all times (okay, it’s a tie between “Letters to a Young Poet” and this one), “Rules for Being Human”.
Written by an unknown author, this piece speaks to me more clearly than anything else I have ever read about recovery, love, life, hope, and humanity.
In the chapter entitled “Mentoring 101″, I begin by quoting “Rules for Being Human” rule #8:
What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.
Sounds a bit harsh at the outset, doesn’t it?
I found it daunting the first several hundred times I read it (the piece sits on my desk, so I see it every day).
To be honest, I still find it daunting…..but now I find it so in a refreshingly honest, liberating way.