Instructions for Life ( ~ The Dalai Lama) … Conclusion

The final four:

“(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 can (19) not be a favorite?

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Instructions for Life ( ~ The Dalai Lama) … Cont’d.

The next 5 of the 19 follow:

“(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.”

I will share the final 4 Instructions with you tomorrow.


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Instructions for Life ( ~ The Dalai Lama) … Cont’d.

Of the 19, the next five follow…

“(6) Don’t let a little dispute injure a good 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.”

Of these five, (10) is oftentimes the most difficult for me to accomplish!

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Instructions for Life ( ~ The Dalai Lama)

While he gives us 19 in total, I’m going to break them up into four different posts. The first five follow:

“(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: (a) Respect for self; (b) Respect for others; and (c) Responsibility for all [emphasis added] 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.” [Undoubtedly one of my favorites of the 19!]

I adore this wondrous and holy man, and hope you’ll check out my next three posts so you know all 14 of his infamous Instructions for Life.

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“Depression, anxiety, and panic attacks ARE NOT a sign of weakness. They are signs of having tried to REMAIN STRONG FOR SO LONG. [One in three] of us go through depression, anxiety, or panic attacks at least once in our life. Please know that you are NOT alone.”

( ~ Heart 107.3)

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(Thanks to SUSIE MONTANO for sharing this one on Facebook sometime ago.)

“As you waste your breath complaining about life, someone out there is breathing their last. Appreciate what you have, be thankful, and STOP COMPLAINING! [emphasis added] Live more; complain less. [Smile much more and] enjoy [far] less stress.” 

…a GREAT reminder to us ALL!

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“If you . . . [wrote] a note to your younger self, what would you say in only two words?” . . . ( ~ Annetta Powell)

[Mine would be: "Help...someone!" Fortunately, I no longer have to say or think of those two words and what they meant when I was a kid.]

So…what are your two words?

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Annetta Powell

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try! There are seven days in the week and “someday” isn’t one of them. When you wake up in the morning, you have two choices: [to] go back to sleep and dream your dreams, or wake up and chase those dreams.”

I opt for the latter…how about you? Get out and/or create your bucket lists and start doing those things you’ve always wanted/dreamed of doing…and please start NOW because “someday” may never come!

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ALWAYS a good reminder…

“God grant me the strength to accept the things I canNOT change , [the] courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

As an “it is what it is” person, this is a good daily reminder for me because I have a very difficult time dealing with situations that are out of my control…regardless the angst they produce!

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Take a moment to consider that…

“Hugging is good medicine…

It transfers energy and gives the person hugged an emotional lift. You need four hugs a day for survival, eight for maintenance, and twelve for growth. Scientists say that hugging is a form of communication because it can say things you don’t have the words for. And the nicest thing about a hug is that you usually can’t give one without getting one [in return].”

PS: Yes, I am a notorious hugger…love to give and receive ‘em!

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