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A code to live by…

I’m a huge NCIS fan. I’ve seen every episode ever aired – including the two episodes of JAG that introduced the NCIS team. If you’ve ever watched NCIS, you know that the main character, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, has rules. We first learn about his rules in the pilot episode, Yankee White, and even now, as the show is in its 9th season, we’re still learning more of Gibbs’ rules.

Some of the rules have to do with the way the team does their job: (1) Never let suspects stay together. (2) Always wear gloves at a crime scene. (10) Never get personally involved in a case.

Other rules apply to life in general: (5) You don’t waste good. (8) Never take anything for granted. (51) Sometimes – you’re wrong.

So where did these rules start? Why did Gibbs decide to start writing and living by these rules? In the 6th season, a case takes Gibbs back to his hometown, a place he hasn’t visited since he buried his first wife, Shannon, and their daughter, Kelly. In the end of the episode, we find out that Shannon introduced Gibbs to the idea of having rules.

Gibbs: You got a rule for everything?

Shannon: Workin’ on it! Everyone needs a code they can live by.

Now…why am I writing all of this? Well, a few months ago, my brother decided he’d write a set of rules for himself. After hearing some of his rules, I started writing a few on my own. I don’t have as many as Gibbs, but I think it’s a good start. Some of my rules are the same as Gibbs’ rules.
Here are my rules:

  1. Always be true to yourself.
  2. Remember where you came from.
  3. Be honest – there are far too many dishonest people in the world today.
  4. Think before you speak.
  5. Look for the good in people.
  6. Be positive.
  7. Don’t be afraid to branch out.
  8. Never take anything for granted.
  9. Always carry a knife.
  10. If you’re going through it, there’s a verse for it.
  11. Remember to spend time alone.
  12. Sometimes being mature/responsible is overrated.
  13. Don’t dwell on the past. It’s in the past for a reason.
  14. You do what you can for family. Period.

39. There is no such thing as coincidence.

What about you? Do you have a code to live by?

1 Comment

  1. dentjohn

    It’s an important exercise to list out goals, a mission statement, to be able to put down in writing what you stand for and believe. It’s the difference between running in place and getting somewhere.


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