Monday, May 2, 2011

The Dalia Lama's 18 Rules of Life

The Dalai Lama is a pretty great guy in my book. Removed from his homeland and unable to return back, he continues on with life, enriching the lives around him, sharing himself and his love with others, and generally living an example life. He may not call on the same God as I do, but he lives a life that I'm also called to live, and I respect his ways and even learn from them. Below are a list of 18 rules he lives by. I find some of them comical, inspiring, and all of them to be thought provoking. What about You? Do you live by any of these rules? Are there any you'd like to incorporate into your 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 Rs:
1. Respect for self
2. Respect for others
3. 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 friendship.
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, honourable 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.

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