Dove with Branch
December 27, 2006 Insights From the Dean of Peace
The Dean's List
Happy New Year!

This is a special edition containing only one column. It is a list of principles to live by that can be used in making your resolutions for the coming new year.

The Dean's List
by Dean Van Leuven - the Dean of Peace   Principles For Peaceful and Joyful Living
Always honor your own truth

  • Speak only your own truth.
  • Realize that it's only your own truth and no one is obligated to accept it.
  • If you are not satisfied with the results plan to do it differently.
  • If you are not satisfied with your truth change it.

Always honor the other person's truth

  • Always listen fully to what they have to say.
  • To accept or reject their truth is always your choice.
  • Always ask yourself, do I want to be right or do I want to be happy.

Trust and accept the world as a loving place

  • Always choose to look at everything in a loving way.
  • Always respond in a loving way
  • Remember that what everyone wants most in this world is to be loved.

Always keep things in perspective

  • The world works the way the world works.
  • What happens is what happens, don't dramatize it.
  • Always ask yourself "In the greater scheme of things how important is this anyway?"

This life is a precious gift - Appreciate it

  • Always kook for beauty in the world.
  • Do something good for the world.
  • This life is all that you have. It is your job to maxamize it.

We have a custom of making resolutions for making our life better at the beginning of the new year. Consider the items on the Dean's List and perhaps you will find what you wish to work on in the coming year. Most will find something of value for creating more joy and peace in their life.

Dean Van Leuven is a psychologist, conducts workshops and is the author of A Peaceful New World and many other books dealing with quality of life issues. Contact him on the web at:

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