Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Guide to Living

Being new to this "being a grown-up" thing, I found the Dalai Lama's rules for living very thought-provoking and inspirational. Obviously no one ever tells you how to live your life - and if they do, I'm the first to ignore them - but, I think these are open for interpretation and can help anyone live a satisfying life.

Just thought I'd share:

Simple Instructions for Life by the Dalai Lama
  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 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, 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.
I found these on a great blog I've been following for a few weeks: Yum & Yuk. It's like a cup of coffee in HTML form: the author wakes up my senses with great art, interesting news stories, workout insight, and quotes from inspiring leaders. I'd highly recommend a peek!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the shout out - I'm so glad you like the blog! :)