Monday, January 9, 2012

"Instructions for Life"

Many years ago, this list was passed along through emails as a chain letter you were asked to forward for "good luck". It was also said to have been written by the Dalai Lama which is apparently quite false. Curious, I've even done my own research and cannot find the Dalai Lama connected to this at all. Despite that, the rules really struck me. I have visited them again and again in the last few days and am even considering purchasing a poster with these instructions on it as a daily visual. It's all a bit off-topic for my blog, but as times are hard and rather confusing for so many, I wanted to share. For me, it has struck a cord at just the right time. 

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

When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

Follow the three res. 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.

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