"Simple Instructions for Life" by the Dalai Lama

* Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
* When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
* Follow the three R’s: Respect for self, Respect for others and, Responsibility for all your actions.
* Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
* Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
* Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
* When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
* Spend some time alone every day.
* Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
* Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
* A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
* In disagreements with loved ones deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
* Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
* Be gentle with the earth.
* Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
* Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
* Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
* Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

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Charlotte Harrison said...

I came across your blog and love it.

This is a wonderful post - thank you so much. These words are so inspiring and helpful.

The most resonant is the statement about not bringing up the past in arguments, just the current situation. So important, and something we *very* easily forget!

V. Furnas said...

As always...very Zen! I am so happy I added you to my frequent reads.

You inspired a post and link! http://life4mebyme.blogspot.com/2011/01/do-you-need-to-be-inspired.html

Shorty said...

Thanks you two!

Inspiring words for sure. It's funny how you can read something like this, be so impacted by it, and yet forget about it so quickly/often....at least that's what happens to me.

Heather said...

Hi, I just wanted to leave a quick comment to let you know I've been reading your blog and really enjoy it! Please keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

I love this! I just stumbled across your blog (via Yes & Yes) and I must say it is absolutely inspiring.