On our third day in Prague, inspired by the Happiness Project which I had just finished reading, I set myself the task of coming up with my ‘personal commandments.’ I did it in a restaurant that our guide called a diner, hence the name. I wrote this down on the back of a spare place mat, in the time it took for our dinner to be cooked. I edited it a little on the plane ride home, and I have done a little re-arranging tonight, but the core of it reminds unchanged.

And so, without further ado, I present you with the Prague Diner Manifesto:

  1. Follow your heart.
  2. And do it with courage.
  3. Remember to pray for what you want, and you may just get it.
  4. Remember all the magic you have come across, and it will beget new magic.
  5. Act with grace, even, or perhaps especially, when others fail to do so.
  6. Don’t take the world’s imperfections personally; they are not because of you.
  7. Practice patience; impatience does not make things happen.
  8. Spend your attention wisely and well; it is powerful and precious.
  9. Keep the faith; there is a reason for this madness, although you may never know it.
  10. Love is the stick you throw.
  11. Love is the seed you plant.
  12. Love is its own reward.

Wait, gentle reader. Don’t go just yet. For once, I would like to ask something of you. If you do exist, please, please leave a comment with one of your own commandments. I would really like to know.