Rules of Life by R.Templar

Р. Темплар «Правила Жизни» на английском языке.

People who are content, mostly happy on a day-to-day basis,
and in general healthy and getting more out of life
seem to follow some Rules of Life.

Rule of Life 1. KEEP IT UNDER YOUR HAT.

You are about to become a Rules Player. You are about to discover ways to become positive, happy, and successful in everything you do. So there’s no need to say anything to anybody about it. Keep quiet. No one likes a smart arse –задница. That’s it. –вот так вот. First Rule: Keep It Under Your Hat. т.е. не рассказывай никому.

There may well be times when you do want to talk to other people about what you’re doing because, quite naturally, you want to share it with somebody. Well, you can’t and you don’t. Let people find out for themselves with no clues from you. It’s a bit like when you give up smoking and suddenly find this new healthier way of living and you simply have to convert all your old smoking friends. Trouble is, they aren’t ready to quit yet and you find they label you as smug or self-righteous or, even worse, an ex-smoker. And how we all hate those.

So the first Rule is, quite simply, don’t propagate, try to convert, shout from the rooftops, or even mention this.
You will get a warm glow from changing your attitude to life and having people ask what it is you have done, are doing, and you can say that it’s nothing, merely a sunny day and you feel better. There is no need to go into any detail because that’s not really what people want to know.

  • If you quit an activity or quit doing something, you stop doing it. (mainly AM)    I was trying to quit smoking at the time.    = give up
  • Your attitude to something is the way that you think and feel about it, especially when this shows in the way you behave.     His attitude made me angry…

Rule of Life 2. YOU’LL GET OLDER BUT NOT NECESSARILY WISER.

There is an assumption that as we get older we will get wiser; not true, I’m afraid. Wisdom isn’t about -мудрость заключается не- not making mistakes, but about learning to escape afterward with our dignity –достоинством—  and sanity –благоразумие— intact.

You can look at it this way the older you get, the more –чемтем areas you’ve covered to make mistakes in. There will always be new areas of experience where we have no guidelines and where we’ll handle things badly, overreact, get it wrong. And the more flexible we are, the more adventurous, the more life-embracing, then the more new avenues there will be to explore — and make mistakes in, of course. If you get a lot of your mistakes over and done with early on in life, there will be less to learn the hard way later onпопозже, позднее. And that’s what youth is all about: a chance to make all the mistakes you can and get them out of the way.

  • If you make an assumption that something is true or will happen, you accept that it is true or will happen, often without any real proof.
  • Something that is intact is complete and has not been damaged or changed.    Most of the cargo –груз— was left intact after the explosion…
  • Something or someone that is flexible is able to change easily and adapt to different conditions and circumstances as they occur —случаются.
  • If you get over an unpleasant or unhappy experience or an illness, you recover from it.   It took me a very long time to get over the shock of her death. If you get over a problem or difficulty, you overcome it. How would they get over that problem?
  • If you overcome a problem or a feeling, you successfully deal with it and control it.    Molly had fought and overcome her fear of flying…

Rule of Life 3. ACCEPT WHAT IS DONE IS DONE.

People make mistakes. Sometimes very serious ones. As often as not, the mistakes aren’t deliberate or personal. Sometimes people just don’t know what they are doing. This means that if, in the past, people have behaved badly towardпо отношению к— you, it wasn’t necessarily because they meant to be horrid, but because they were as naive, as foolish, as human as the rest of us. They made mistakes in the way they brought you up or finished a relationship with you or whatever, not because they wanted to do it that way, but because they didn’t know any different.

  • If you do something that is deliberate, you planned or decided to do it beforehand, and so it happens on purpose rather than by chance.   Witnesses say the firing was deliberate and sustained —продолжительный. = intentional
  • If you say that someone meant to do something, you are saying that they did it deliberately.   I didn’t mean to hurt you…      I can see why you believed my letters were threatening but I never meant them to be.    = intend
  • If you describe something as horrid, you mean that it is very unpleasant indeed. (INFORMAL) What a horrid smell!   = horrible

If you want to, you can let go of any feelings of resentment, of regret, of anger. You can accept that you are a fabulous human being because of all the bad things that have happened to you, not in spite of them. Don’t use the labels «good» and «bad.» Let them go, embrace them as character forming, and in general as positive rather than negative.

  • If you embrace someone, you put your arms around them and hold them tightly, usually in order to show your love or affection for them.
  • If you embrace a change, political system, or idea, you accept it and start supporting it or believing in it. (FORMAL)    He embraces the new information age…   The new rules have been embraced by government watchdog organizations.
  • If something embraces a group of people, things, or ideas, it includes them in a larger group or category. (FORMAL)    …a theory that would embrace the whole field of human endeavour.
  • You use rather than when you are contrasting two things or situations. Rather than introduces the thing or situation that is not true or that you do not want.     The problem was psychological rather than physiological…    When I’m going out in the evening I use the bike if I can rather than the car.

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