Emily Lewis- A Simple Manifesto

This was a random one I found on a blog. Credit where credit is due.

Trust God.
Don’t Complain.
Be Kind.
No Exceptions.


Sister Corita Kent

Rule 1:  Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while

Rule 2:  General duties of a student: pull everything out of your teacher. Pull everything out of your fellow students.

Rule 3: General duties of a teacher: pull everything out of your students.

Rule 4: Consider everything an experiment

Rule 5:  Be self- disciplined.  This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

Rule 6:  Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is just make.

Rule 7:  The only rule is to work. If you work, it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all the work all the time who eventually catch on to things.

Rule 8:  Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.

Rule 9:  Be Happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. Its lighter than you think.

Rule 10:  We are breaking all the rules. Even our own.

I think this is an interesting set of rules. I especially like the emphasis on trust at the beginning. It can and is often very hard to trust. People are not, generally speaking, trustworthy. We lie, misdirect, and make mistakes. Being at a place (physically or metaphorically) where you can choose to trust is powerful.

To me, this manifesto tells us that it’s okay to make mistakes, and that we should be learning from them. We should see every mistake as an opportunity. This is an idea echoed by countless creative professionals.