Recently, I received the “Instructions For Life” by the Dali Lama in an email from a very dear friend.

Whether or not you embrace the teachings of the Dali Lama, these “Instructions” seem very universal to me and something we can all benefit from being reminded about every now and again.

I am always grateful to be reminded of what is truly important. I hope this is a welcome reminder for you too.

  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve risk.

  2. When you loose, don’t loose the lesson.

  3. Follow the 3 R’s:
    –Respect for Self;
    –Respect for others; and
    –Responsibility for all your actions.

  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

  5. Learn all the rules so you know how to break them properly.

  6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.

  7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake take immediate steps to correct it.

  8. Spend some time alone every day.

  9. Open arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

  10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

  11. Live a good honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

  12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

  13. In a disagreement with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

  14. Share your knowledge.  It’s a way to achieve immortality.

  15. Be gentle with the earth.

  16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

  17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

  18. Judge your success by what you have to give up in order to get it.

  19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandonment.

Remember, only YOU can make it happen!


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