Everything sublime is as difficult as it is rare. Baruch Spinoza

Friday, October 24, 2008

Instructions For Life

I received this in an email and it seemed worth repeating. It's supposed to be what the Dalai Lama had to say for 2008. I don't know if this is true, but it's worth reading.
  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risks
  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 your 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 is 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.


  1. What a nice list....thanks for sharing it : )


  2. I think I will need to look at it several times a day to help elevate my spirits. : ) I'm turning into what Deb calls Spenser, a Crankasaurus!

  3. I need to send this list on to both of my children and also post it as work. Thanks for posting it.


I really appreciate the concept and sentiment behind awards, but I cannot participate in them anymore. I have too may and I have not got the time to devote to participating properly. To all who have honored me, I am grateful but I don't have seven more things to tell anyone about myself! And I'm a terrible passer-oner.