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Old advice on How To Live


Friday, August 03, 2012

"To hurt no body by words nor dead. To be true and just in all my dealing. To bear no malice nor hatred in my heart. To keep my hands from picking and stealing, and my tongue from evil speaking, lying and slandering. To keep my body in temperance, soberness, and chastity. Not to covet nor desire other men's goods.

But learn and labor truly to get my own living, and to do my duty in that state of life unto which is shall please God to call me."

This is quoted from the Order of Confirmation in the 1549 Book of Common Prayer. How perfect is that advice? All the misery I have ever endured comes down to not following this very old admonition. It must be hard because by 1662 it was no longer in the Order. I read it daily as a reminder that sometimes, the oldest, most boring advice, is the best.
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KITTYF54 9/17/2012 9:55AM

    Paraphrase of the Biblical admonitions. thanks

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HOPE541 9/14/2012 8:02PM

    Beautiful words of advice. Thank you.

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DDOORN 8/23/2012 8:25AM

    These words have much overlap with Don Miguel Ruiz' Four Agreements...another great piece of wisdom.

Thx for sharing!

Don

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JOANNS4 8/4/2012 10:10AM

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KARENNK8 8/4/2012 9:34AM

    An excellent pattern for a good life. Thank you.

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MEDDYPEDDY 8/4/2012 2:10AM

    Thanks - I am going to quote this because it was wonderful!

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FISHINGLADY66 8/3/2012 4:58PM

    I'm sure that's not read to children (or parents) today. Great advice. emoticon

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LUVSBULLDOGS 8/3/2012 4:23PM

    OLd good advice, perfect.

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ILOVEMALI 8/3/2012 3:50PM

  Wonderful post! Thank you!

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TAMPATINK67 8/3/2012 1:55PM

    Thanks Nell - sage advice. As always!

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PRESBESS 8/3/2012 1:49PM

    excellent words of wisdom for us all
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TORTISE110 8/3/2012 12:46PM

    Sums good life up pretty well. Thanks for the post. emoticon

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CUISINEEXAMINER 8/3/2012 11:49AM

    Right on, but sometimes I think we also experience misery because not everyone reads - or has ever read - such advice.

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THEEXERCISER 8/3/2012 10:49AM

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