Day 419, 20 Keys to Live By: How Do You Write the Code?

 
“Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
 
Albert Schweitzer
 

Sunday Morning

 
In this blog entry, I learned how to create a 20-key Code for living, incorporating my top values.  I formulated a Code, which I will share with you soon.  Sunday and Monday, I started the day with my gratitude practice.  I recommend tailoring a similar exercise to your own needs, which you can do once a week or more.
 
Preparing For My Day
 
5-10 things I am grateful for:
  • my continued weight loss down to 52.9 kg.
  • evidence that my prefrontal cortex is working.
  • my conversation today with my best friend in Utah.
  • the high fiber/sugar ratio in my nut bread.
  • getting the groceries delivered.
 
comments, feelings, ideas, moods, and empowering questions:
Refer to Whatever You Ask For Bible verses.
 
mood and energy:
 
0-100
comments
mood:
85
feeling joyful but a tad achy.
energy:
80
feeling able but a bit scattered.
 
accomplishments:
 
accomplishment
the reason it is important
next action(s)
1.
I lost 2.4 kg in 35 days.
Weight loss
Keep on your program, especially intermittent fasting for 15 hours, and eating ¼ of your calories for each of 4 meals, spaced 3 hours apart.
2.
I have felt more joy lately.
Joyful Vibrance
Keep praying for joy and believe you have already received it.
3.
I am getting along splendidly with my husband.
Love, Joy, Peace,
Spirituality
Live for the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22, 23.
4.
I have not been depressed in months.
Joyful Vibrance
Stay on SAMe, l-tryptophan and your other medications.  Get more sleep, if you can, for further improvement.  Try the herbs valerian root, chamomile, and hops.
5.
I have published 10 blog entries so far this month.  That is not a record but it is some of my best work.
Writing, sharing
Continue.
 

Monday Morning

 
The roads and sidewalks are covered with snow.  It is 15 degrees Fahrenheit.  What happened to autumn?  Nevertheless, I intend to make today a joyful day.
 
I fixed my husband some hashbrowns and bacon bits for breakfast.  I had some brown rice, almond milk, and nut bread.
 
 
Preparing For My Day
 
5-10 things I am grateful for:
  • my husband’s happiness, contentment, and gratitude
  • my computer ability
  • my writing ability
  • my cooking ability
  • all of my abilities
 
comments, feelings, ideas, moods, and empowering questions:
My readers can tailor my Achieve 50 kg mind map to suit their own needs.  In time, I may want to publish the map.
 
mood and energy:
 
0-100
comments
mood:
90
feeling more joy almost every day.
energy:
70
still, a bit affected by my knee injury.
 
accomplishments:
 
accomplishment
the reason it is important
next action(s)
1.
I published what I wrote about the 10 functions of the prefrontal cortex in everyday language.
Time management
Use these functions to succeed in your life.
2.
I asked God again for joy, remembering to believe I had already received it.
Joy
3.
Yesterday, my fiber/sugar ratio was 1.95, the highest ever since using Cronometer.
Metabolic health
Continue to eat a high fiber/low sugar diet.
4.
I talked to my best friend in Utah on the phone yesterday.
Friendship, sisterhood.
Continue to encourage her to read the Bible.  Apply what you have learned about sisterhood from Sophia Nelson in The Woman Code.
 

Monday Evening

 
I got out this afternoon for my chiropractic appointment.  The way was a bit slippery, but I got there and back okay.
 
This morning I updated my spreadsheet, shown below.  I have now saved $72 in celebration of my weight loss.  My efficiency went down some this morning when I regained a bit of weight.  However, I am still doing well enough to celebrate.  This represents one month of effort, and I have lost 1.85 kilograms.  Even a pound is a challenge for me to lose in a month.  This month I lost 4.08 pounds, almost one pound per week.  An acquaintance once told me she did not think one pound a week was much.  However, I think it is wonderful.
 

 

The Woman Code

 
I finished reading The Woman Code: 20 Powerful Keys to Unlock Your Life by Sophia Nelson.  I spent some time this afternoon memorizing her 20 keys.
 
1.
Know your value.
2.
Make peace with your past.
3.
Teach people how to treat you.
4.
Live authentically.
5.
Be accountable for your life.
6.
Guard your heart.
7.
Be resilient.
8.
Age gracefully.
9.
Do not gossip.
10.
Apologize quickly.
11.
Choose your thoughts and words wisely.
12.
Do not cut what you can untie.
13.
Do not think like a man. (Sophia intends this book for women.)
14.
Lead from inside.
15.
Be brave.
16.
Lift other women as you climb.
17.
Know your front row.
18.
Practice love, laughter, and loyalty.
19.
Have courageous conversations.
20.
Reconnect to your life.
 

Living By a Code

 
What does that mean to me now that I have read Sophia’s book?  Perhaps I need to be living by a Code.  I have my values.  I could write a Code of 20 statements from my values.  I like Sophia’s key of not cutting what you can untie.  You never know when you may want a relationship back.  At least twice, I blocked phone communication with my boyfriend who is now my husband, thinking I wanted no further contact with him.  Thankfully, he was forgiving, and we replaced misunderstanding with communication and lack of forgiveness with acceptance.  We connected and tied the knot.  Now life is more like heaven.  Why did I not see my husband’s qualities all along?
 

The Bible

 
Some people would say the whole Bible is their Code.  The 10 commandments are a good start.  However, a Code would be incomplete if it leaves out loving our neighbor.
 

Loyalty

 
I have wondered if I am loyal enough to my husband.  Sometimes I have mentioned things about him in my blog.  Maybe Sophia is the catalyst to encourage me to solidify my loyalty to him.  Loyalty has not been my strongest quality in life.  I tend to disconnect from people, things, and organizations when the going gets tough.  I think that loyalty can sometimes be misplaced, but as long as we are involved with a person, thing, or organization, as long as we are giving it service, and as long as it is serving us, it deserves our loyalty.  I intend to brush up on loyalty.
 
Sadly, I have not even always been loyal to Jesus Christ.  Fortunately, He took me back when I turned my heart to Him again.  I intend to be loyal to Him now and forever.
 
Let me think of a Code of 20 keys I can live by that will support me spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally.  I suggest you write your own Code also.
 
 
Code for Living
1.
Live by faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ and pattern your life after His to be an influence for good.
2.
Regard your body as a temple of the Holy Spirit, using self-control to execute self-care rituals and treat yourself with life-giving and only life-giving substances.
3.
Love the Lord God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself, treating your neighbor as you would want to be treated.
4.
Love yourself.
5.
Work heartily and consistently as if for the Lord, regardless of who employs you, being a linchpin for those you serve.
6.
Pray for joy and express joy in all you do.  Ask, seek, and knock for whatever you wish, believing you have received.  Remember to praise God and express gratitude.
7.
Ask, seek, and knock for wisdom as it can supply riches, happiness, and long life.
8.
Act bravely with courage, vulnerably if needed.
9.
Act in a timely manner, so your influence will be positive and immediate.
10.
Be forgiving, gentle, kind, and patient with others and yourself.
11.
Be peaceful and be a peacemaker.
12.
Create beauty daily and ship or publish what you create.
13.
Organize and clean your thoughts and environment to produce joy.
14.
Speak and write words of healing to others.  Never harm others with your words.
15.
Be loyal to your inner circle and especially to your husband.
16.
Remember, your self-worth does not depend on your performance.  Live authentically to express your self-worth.
17.
Rest and relax as necessary.  Meditate daily.
18.
Keep your word.
19.
Root out cognitive distortions from your thinking.  Replace distortions with the truth.
20.
Keep your best possible future in sight and use your prefrontal cortex to decide, organize, and plan each step according to your clear vision.
 
There it is, my first draft of The Code.  Again, I suggest you write a Code with your own values.
 

Prayer

 
 
EVENING Prayer
 
Dear Lord,
 
Bedtime is approaching.  I have just written a 20-key Code for my daily living.  What do you think of it?  Is it acceptable to you?
 
Lord, will you forgive me for my imperfections?  Especially, forgive for what I did when I was manic.  You know what I am talking about.  Help me to forgive others also.
 
I want to live up to this Code.  It is already part of me to a great extent.  I have just not put it together like this.  Help me to memorize it and make it a part of me.
 
Lord, will you heal my knee?  Thankfully, I can walk, but I cannot go for a walk.  I praise you for being a healer.  You have healed countless people, both during your life and after.  I praise you for creating our bodies with a healing capacity.
 
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you are all One, but listen to me now.  Your power is
immense.  I understand that you can do anything.  However, you do not answer all prayers the way we want.  However, I am becoming more accepting, realizing you always answer our prayers with our best good in mind.
 
I have wanted to be healed of my bipolar disorder.  I felt so good at times, I was sure you had healed me.  Later, I learned I was not and was bitterly disappointed, even angry.  I even turned against you for a time.  However, I have come back.  I pray for your forgiveness, knowing you have granted it.
 
Lord, bless my life that I can give service that I can be an influence for good.  Bless my readers that they can also make the most of their lives, whether they serve you or not.  They can download my free ebook by clicking the book below.
 
Please, Lord, give us joy and help it fuel our vibrancy.
 
Amen.
 
If you would like to join me on this journey from the beginning, please start with Day One.
 
 
 

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