Rule number 6 – The 200 words project

Two prime ministers were sitting in a room discussing affairs of state. Suddenly, one of the aides walked in and began furiously explaining something that had gone wrong.
The resident prime minister admonished him gently – “Peter,” he said, “kindly remember Rule Number 6.” On hearing this, Peter calmed down, apologized, and withdrew.

The politicians returned to their conversation but found themselves interrupted by another hysterical staffer. Again the prime minister said – “Marie, please remember Rule Number 6.” Complete calm descended once more and she, too, withdrew with an apology.

When this scene repeated again, the visiting prime minister said: “My dear friend, I’ve seen many things in my life, but never anything as remarkable as this. Would you be willing to share with me the secret of this Rule Number 6?”

“Very simple,” replied the resident prime minister. “Rule Number 6 is ‘Don’t take yourself so damn seriously.'”

“Ah! That is a fine rule.” After a moment of pondering, he inquired, “And what, may I ask, are the other rules?”

“There aren’t any.”

When we follow Rule number 6 and lighten up over our childish demands and entitlements, we are instantly transported into a remarkable universe. The new universe is cooperative in nature, and pulls for the realization of all our cooperative desires. – Ben and Roz Zander


Source and thanks to: The Art of Possibility by Ben and Roz Zander

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