10 Rules to Live Long, Written by Pope Francis!


The humble pope wrote this in Argentine
weekly “Viva”, Please read;
1. “Live and let live.” Everyone should be
guided by this principle, he said, which has a
similar expression in Rome with the saying,
“Move forward and let others do the same.”
2. “Be giving of yourself to others.” People
need to be open and generous toward others,
he said, because “if you withdraw into yourself,
you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And
stagnant water becomes putrid.”
3. “Proceed calmly” in life. The pope, who used
to teach high school literature, used an image
from an Argentine novel by Ricardo Guiraldes,
in which the protagonist — gaucho Don
Segundo Sombra — looks back on how he lived
his life.
4. A healthy sense of leisure. The Pope said
“consumerism has brought us anxiety”, and
told parents to set aside time to play with their
children and turn of the TV when they sit down
to eat.
5. Sundays should be holidays. Workers should
have Sundays off because “Sunday is for
family,” he said.
6. Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs
for young people. “We need to be creative with
young people. If they have no opportunities
they will get into drugs” and be more
vulnerable to suicide, he said.
7. Respect and take care of nature.
Environmental degradation “is one of the
biggest challenges we have,” he said. “I think a
question that we’re not asking ourselves is:
‘Isn’t humanity committing suicide with this
indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?’”
8. Stop being negative. “Needing to talk badly
about others indicates low self-esteem. That
means, ‘I feel so low that instead of picking
myself up I have to cut others down,’” the
Pope said. “Letting go of negative things
quickly is healthy.”
9. Don’t proselytise; respect others’ beliefs.
“We can inspire others through witness so that
one grows together in communicating. But the
worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which
paralyses: ‘I am talking with you in order to
persuade you,’ No. Each person dialogues,
starting with his and her own identity. The
church grows by attraction, not proselytising,”
10. Work forpeace. “We are living in a time of
many wars,” he said, and “the call forpeace
must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the
impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet,
peace is always proactive” and dynamic.

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