Rules are apart of life. With rules there is order.
I’m a big fan of CBS’s NCIS show. I started watching the show through reruns on USA Network. I can’t exactly remember when I started watching it live. I know I saw Legend Part 1 & 2, where they introduce NCIS LA, on its original air date. But since Cote De Pablo left in Fall of 2012, I haven’t kept up with the new seasons. The only episode I have watched from this season was last night’s episode, House Rules. In this episode Tim (played by Sean Murray) writes a letter to his dad about how he understands why his father and Gibbs had tough rules. So this is what made me think of the rules of life.
(Pictured below is a NCIS hat Daniel gave me for Christmas 2010)
I like Gibbs’ rule number 1: “Never screw over your partner.” Obviously I’m not a police officer or a special agent. But we all have partners in life- spouses, parents, children, siblings, and best friends. Don’t screw them over, they don’t have to forgive you, and life is lonely when you don’t have people who care about you!
Rule 3: “Don’t believe what you’re told. Double Check.” & “Never be unreachable.” I definitely need to do more research when it comes to things that people tell me. It doesn’t sound very adult when you tell a superior that “so and so told me.” Know what you are talking about!
I hate it when my husband doesn’t pick up his phone in the times I need him. I always carry my phone on me, I feel naked without it. But at night I put it on sleep mode so my phone will only make a noise if its my alarm or someone from my favorite list calls me! Sleep is important to me!
Rule 5: “You don’t waste good.” I wish I would have done better in school. I now try to do the best I can. I hate it when people are disappointed in me.
Rule 6: “Never say you’re sorry. It’s a sign of weakness.” I do not agree with this! Don’t say your sorry like an upset child would, actually sound like you mean it! And always say thank you!
Rule 7: “Always be specific when you lie.”
Rule 8: “Never take anything for granted.” I’m working on this. I think I haven’t gotten a lot better to remember the good things when it seems like life is at its end.
Rule 12: “Never date a co-worker.” Because of this rule we didn’t get to see Ziva (Cote de Pablo) and Tony (Michael Weatherly) have a real relationship! Which a lot of fans wanted to see, definitely prior to her farewell! My advice, don’t have a one night fling with someone you work with, that could get awkward!
Rule 14: “Bend the line, don’t break it.” I do not think rules are meant to be broken, they are there to keep us in line. But you can definitely bend them depending on the circumstances.
Rule 24: “Clean up the mess that you make.” This is huge! Whether it is cleaning up around the house or taking responsibility for something you caused!
Rule 51: “Sometimes you’re wrong.” Thats how we learn from our mistakes!
Unspoken: “You do what you have to do for family.” Family isn’t always blood related, they are the people who love you in good times and bad.
~Never be late.
~Be over prepared.
~Do what you can for family & friends.
~Always be polite
~Do things for others even if you don’t see the reward (I’m working on this, some people have started making me not want to try)
~No TV on at dinner time- My husband and I have got a lot better at eating at the table and actually turning off the TV to hear how each others day went.
~Keep the house clean- I pay a lot of money to live in, so it should show that I have pride in it.
~Always try your hardest, you never know where it can lead
~No coffee after 8pm (more of a rule for my hubby)
Rules I Should Have
-Get 30 minutes of exercise daily
-Only watch 1 hour of tv a day
-Stand up for what I believe in (be better at it)
– it’s a list in progress…
I had rules when I was a kid and I plan on having rules for my future children. You want them to be who they are, but structure is good. When I didn’t follow the rules I got punished. I unfortunately don’t see that in the kids of today.
“We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.” ~Michelle Obama