Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Rule #2: Keeping an open mind



Wow... rule #2 - he said very soberly - Tomorrow is an iconic day. A great day, in my humble opinion. The last of 365 rules for a new, better world will be released. I can't believe it's finally here. Over the last 364 days we've done a lot. I'd like to think we've given some thought to some issues that really require a re-think, introduced a few new rules and maybe even had a laugh or two along the way. It's been quite an experience for me. This project has forced me to not only take a look at the world around me, but also take a good, hard look at myself, and believe it or not, I discovered that, just like the world around us, I'm not perfect. I know, it was hard for me to swallow too.

This work, and everyone who’s read, commented, offered opinions or otherwise been involved has been a part of my daily life for the last year. From the avid reader (or people I've made read daily) to the occasional reader, we've been through much. Through this blog you have journeyed with me to places like Mexico (rule #295 - 288) and Newfoundland (rule #194 - 183) and many other places. And yes, you've been in bed with me as well. You've even accompanied me through a clinical depression (rule #90 - 36). And finally, here we are. Anyone who has read this blog with any kind of conviction knows that I wear my heart on my sleeve, so I can tell you with all honesty that I write this with a lump in my throat. I'm not saying I'm crying, I'm not a fucking baby!

As the last 24 hours comes to an end, just let me say thanks. Thanks to everyone who offered ideas & feedback, praise & criticism and support & encouragement. With everyone's help I can finally say I've finished something I started. Thanks to everyone. And of course I would be remiss if I didn't specifically mention my smokin' hot trophy girlfriend, Julie. She really was a big part of this. Although it started out as just a release for me, she knew it was important for me to finish. Without her daily involvement it may have laid to waste like everything else I’ve ever started. From proofreading, promoting and encouraging to helping me free up time to write. She sacrificed and helped more than she knows. But that's her way. She’s one of the few who actually practice the “give more than you take mentality”.

As we jettison (if that is the preferred nomenclature) out of the planning stages of the New World into implementation, I have one more request. Please keep an open mind when reading Rule #1. Is it controversial? Yes. Without a doubt. Is it necessary? Unfortunately, Yes. At least until we get our shit together. I believe this idea is what inspired me to write 365 Rules. When I would mention the idea to people, it would be met with mixed reactions. I knew it couldn't be released until all other rules were out there. Agree or not, at least the other 364 rules wouldn't send everyone running in the other direction. All I ask is to keep an open mind tomorrow when Rule #1 is released. Peace.

In the new world, everyone will keep an open mind when introduced to new ideas.

AND SO IT SHALL BE WRITTEN!

12 comments:

  1. I just wanted to say that you have made the past year of reading your daily rules both entertaining and informative! I will miss not being able to see what the next rule will be and can't wait to read the final rule#1 that I have been waiting for all year! So what's next?

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  2. Much appreciated. I may run these again or just leave it up and I have a book of rules in the works. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading!

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  3. Been loving your stuff so far, so congrats and looking forward to seeing what Rule#1 might be.

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    1. That's awesome, Big D. So glad you've been reading. See ya in the new world brother!

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  4. The New World should be only for the open minded and not for the "follow the leader" types. Btw, please no Bon Jovi in the New World. It's a small request.

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    1. No Bon Jovi? That's no small request. I'd be wanted dead or alive, but I'll see what I can do.
      Peace.

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  5. Looking forward to 365 "more rules" of the New World. Good job, I've enjoyed reading,every rule and every comment, every single day

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    1. Glad I didn't disappoint you. See you in the new world, Mr. Darkstar. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read!!

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  6. So when does this new world come? And where do I sign up?! Less than two hours for number one!!! OMG I'm so excited. Think I'm gonna get drunk for this. Lol.. seriously! Cheers!

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    1. It'll be here before you know it and you're already signed up. Drinking in the new world? I guess I can allow that. Cheers!

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  7. Exactly!! This is what I want to say. Why can't people be a bit open minded?? A bit of "not so stubborn". I'm glad you wrote about it! :)

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  8. Why, Can we? I don't think that most people know that they can be?? I mean if they did, would not the World be a better place.

    I mean if you KNEW that you could help direct, give, provide to help feed 90,000 starving children, whom are dying, TODAY!, what would you do?

    I'm Open Minded to hearing ANY suggestions. :)

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