19 Items From “Instructions For Life” written by the Dalai
In honor and respect for the Dalai Lama’s visit to various New England locals this week I thought I would share his
delightful and highly relevant synopsis of the “Instructions For Life” followed by my own two cents of commentary.
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 yu 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 have made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8 Spend some alone time each 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 the only 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.
How sweet and insightful is this list? I love it. And this from a guy who’s never even had a date! Maybe that truly is the answer: be a monk. Hmm, not! As I re-read the list I see that I am on the beam with some of the insights, and others I have not yet manifested. I encourage you to give it the same perusal in relation to your own life and highlight the ones you really want to etch in the fiber of your soul. I also notice, as in most of the great masters
writings that the subtle message is one of playfulness and the admonition to “lighten up” even in times of strife and struggle.
Enjoy and institute and lighten up! I will attempt the same … promise!
–Dr. Tim Warren