There is a story behind Rule #6. I’m offering up a synopsis . The unabridged account contains more words than I want to type. Maybe even more words than you’d care to read.
Essentially, there were two Prime Ministers meeting. At different points throughout their conversation, a staff person of the home PM interrupted them in varying degrees of frenzy and irritation. Each time a staffer came into the room, the home PM would say “Peter, Marie or whoever, Rule #6.” Peter, Marie or whoever would leave smiling.
Finally, after seeing the immediate mood changes of the staffers, the visiting PM asked his friend what is Rule #6. The answer was Rule # 6 states, “Don’t take yourself so damn seriously.” “And what about rules 1 through 5?” inquired the visiting PM. The reply was, “Oh, there aren’t any.”
Apparantly, placards with Rule #6 printed on them have been posted in a number of corporations. The full story can be found in The Art of Possibility by Benjamin Zander and Rosamond Stone Zander.
Life can be hard at times. We are all faced throughout the years with a wide range of challenges. Maybe all it takes now and then is a simple smile to change the tone of a situation. And, as the wizard down the street will tell us, when the going gets tough, remember Rule #6.