I must not have thought much about the question the first time - I should also add :
- every person is responsible for who they are, and for their own feelings and actions. Others and the environment provide contributing factors, while we maintain responsibility.
(that may sound simple and obvious, but the vast majority of the world does not live by it, for to understand it is to do away with blame, and is also to do away with 'you/he/she made me ####')
- there isn't a point in our life where we can stop growing / learning / training. Removing time, what holds us back from learning/acquiring skills usually fear. If we identify the fear, we can then deal with it.
- the 'strongest' people in the world are the most open and vulnerable. It takes strength to be open to criticism, to show who you are in every corner of your soul...knowing that people will criticise. It is not strength, but fear that makes us put up walls.
- (this one is a generalised rule/philosophy) what we have in our life is a direct reflection of who we are, that is : our wealth (or lack of it), our friends (or lack of them), our employability, our social life etc.
(this might sound obvious, but, for example, those envious of other peoples wealth either don't understand it, or don't take responsibility for who they are)
- even conflict can be dealt with respect and warmth (not that I live by this all the time - it's a tough one at times, but I do recognise it)
- everyone has what they consider to be valid reasons for what they do and say.
- peoples weaknesses are no reason for condescension. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. Where I am weak you may be strong, where I am strong you may be weak....no matter how many strengths I have, there is a place in your life you are stronger...what reason then, would I have to look down on another persons weakness?
I'm sure there's many more for any given occasion, but those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.