Posted by: drjamm | November 3, 2009

Rule for living a good life

Signs, signs
Everywhere there’s signs
Blocking up the scenery
Breaking up my mind
Do this, don’t do that
Can’t you read the sign

— by Les Emmerson, performed by Five Man Electric Band and Tesla

jamm @ brightheartsinging

I laughed out loud when I took this photo of a parking sign painted on the road. I was captivated by Autumn‘s complete disobedience of the edict to keep the area clear and Her disregard of any threatened violations. Oh, how I fantasize about skipping through life, for once, unburdened by all the threats of the consequences for violating this rule or that. I do appreciate the order and ease that rules can bring and, at the same time, I absolutely thrill at seeing a rule well broken.

I have been busy — really BUSY — attending to some fabulous projects these past few weeks. And I can tell that my work is effective and germinating beginnings that will bring good changes. Even so, I am tired from my work; and being tired can make it harder for me to stay centred in my happy heart. Even with just a little bit of fatigue, I can find it hard NOT to get tangled up in other people’s shadow games and self-imposed rules. Rules are important except when they start to strangle authentic connection and honest communication. I have to be care-full not to let my Self and my Light be limited by others.

If you wish your heart to be bright,
you must do a little work.


I have to practice — and practice — keeping my Self out of the Shadow. My tried and true soul remedy, when I have been in too many meetings following “Roberts Rules of Order,” is to look for a momentary escape or –escapade – to liberate and refresh my sense of natural order and flow.

For me the key is to discover the Creative Rogue, the Imaginative Rule Breaker, the Raven Amoung Us who messes things up just enough to remind us to not take the rules so seriously, but instead, keeps our sights more firmly set on the fundamental principles of Love and Laughter. Witnessing the sign I photographed and shared with you today is exactly the kind of natural chaos that brings me back to happy equilibrium.

You are probably wondering where all my talk about rules is headed. Well, my friend, I want you to know I have had a Divine Revelation — literally a “sign” — about the perfect rule we can all follow. I wouldn’t want to be the kind of friend who would keep this all-important Universal Rule from you (and here I am modeling some of my words on Leonard Cohen). So here it is. THE RULE that will help you live the Good Life is:

“Keep clea… or violations will be iss…”


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Photo credits: Photo by jamm at

Song credit, lyrics from “Signs, Signs” written by Les Emmerson and song performed by Five Man Electric Band; Tesla

Poem credit: Poem excerpt from: Be Lost in the Call by Rumi. I found my link to this poem at

bright heart singing, copyright 2009 – jamm. Creative commons attribution, non-commercial sharing only (translation: feel free to quote me in context or use this entry but please always credit me for my work, thanks.)



  1. Yes, fall’s disobedience and my own cranky mood, resisting the change of season. Thank-you, had a good smile reading your post.

  2. I am so glad to bring a smile to your day.

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