The First Rule of LIfe and Great Teachers

Screen Shot 2013-12-01 at 5.45.38 PMToday (Nov 26, 2013), I went to a local bookstore and purchased two books: David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell, and If Life is a Game, These are the Rules, by Cherie Carter-Scott, PhD.

At the checkout lane, the clerk looked at the two books and said, “These are a couple of unusual books to read over Thanksgiving.”

I thought of the T-Shirt Principle, smiled, knew that the books held meaning for me, and replied, “I’m looking forward to reading them.”

I started with Dr. Carter-Scott’s book.

The Rules for Being Human

Over two decades ago, Dr. Carter wrote the Rules for Being Human. They are ten rules that “have circled the globe – photocopied and passed from friend to friend, transmitted via the Internet, printed on brochures and on page 81 in the book Jack Canfield wrote, Chicken Soup for the Soul.”

The Rules’ popularity inspired the book, If Life is a Game ….

The First One

There are ten rules. This blog is only about the first one. It’s not the purpose of this blog to supplant the book, but to use this rule to look in the doors of our public school classrooms and to catch glimpses of our great teachers.

Rule One: You Will Receive a Body

“The moment you arrived on this Earth, you were given a body.”

You may think of yours as a custom-designed home, ideally suited for your spirit and soul. Or you may feel that your body is not well matched to your essence, thus trapping you in an ill-fitting cage…. No matter what you may feel about your body, it is yours and the relationship you establish with it will have a great deal to do with the quality of your life experience.

What to Do

My body is mine for life. Dr. Carter-Scott suggests that it be accepted and respected.


“Acceptance is the act of embracing what life presents to you with a good attitude.” I should not be at war with my body, it should be embraced.


“To respect your body means to hold it high regard and honor it. True respect comes from learning what your body needs to run at optimum performance, and then making the commitment to honoring those needs.”

Rule One and Great Teachers

Great teachers look at the physical, not as final definitions of their students, but as points of recognition.

A great teacher, when she sees her students, thinks, I recognize you; I know that you enter my classroom as unique human beings and that it is my responsibility to warp each one of you in unconditional love and to encourage you to use your gifts and talents to enrich the world with that which no one else can contribute. 


I would rather end this blog with your conclusion, not mine … this will be your opportunity to write and share, if you so desire.

About drjstewart

Christian, husband, father, educator, writer, and photographer.
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