On our third day in Prague, inspired by the Happiness Project which I had just finished reading, I set myself the task of coming up with my ‘personal commandments.’ I did it in a restaurant that our guide called a diner, hence the name. I wrote this down on the back of a spare place mat, in the time it took for our dinner to be cooked. I edited it a little on the plane ride home, and I have done a little re-arranging tonight, but the core of it reminds unchanged.
And so, without further ado, I present you with the Prague Diner Manifesto:
- Follow your heart.
- And do it with courage.
- Remember to pray for what you want, and you may just get it.
- Remember all the magic you have come across, and it will beget new magic.
- Act with grace, even, or perhaps especially, when others fail to do so.
- Don’t take the world’s imperfections personally; they are not because of you.
- Practice patience; impatience does not make things happen.
- Spend your attention wisely and well; it is powerful and precious.
- Keep the faith; there is a reason for this madness, although you may never know it.
- Love is the stick you throw.
- Love is the seed you plant.
- Love is its own reward.
Wait, gentle reader. Don’t go just yet. For once, I would like to ask something of you. If you do exist, please, please leave a comment with one of your own commandments. I would really like to know.