Compared with modern legislation, or even the small print in any
contract, the 10 commandments are crystal clear. Nevertheless,
they benefit from modern treatment especially for those who, while less than
fully committed to modern religious teachings, feel the 10 commandments
have innate worth.
You should not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human
You should not be fearful, for most of the things we fear
never come to pass.
You should not cross bridges before you come to
them, for no one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this.
face each problem as it comes. You can only handle one at a time anyway.
You should not take problems to bed with you, for they make very poor
You should not borrow other people's problems. They can
better care for them than you can.
You should not try to relive
yesterday for good or ill, it is forever gone. Concentrate on what is
happening in your life and be happy now!
You should be a good
listener, for only when you listen do you hear ideas different from your
own. It is hard to learn something new when you are talking, and some
people do know more than you do.
You should not become "bogged down"
by frustration, for 90% of it is rooted in self-pity and will only
interfere with positive action.
You should count thy blessings, never
overlooking the small ones, for a lot of small blessings add up to a big