« Road trip | Main | Recipe Swap »

February 10, 2005

Instructions for Life

I received the following as part of a chain. It is suggested that if this letter is sent to 5 people etc., etc., etc. This is not why I am repeating it here, what is important is the you read it and find meaning for it in your life. If you want to share it, (in keeping with instruction 14), please do so. I cannot know if these are really the words of the Dalai Lama, they are however, encouraging, uplifting, and important reminders.

Subject: Message from the Dalai Lama

Instructions for Life

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

2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three 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 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 disagreements 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 had to give up in order to get it.

19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

Posted by talia at February 10, 2005 12:39 PM