18 Rules for Living

Ever since I laid eyes on the Dalai Lama's list of somewhat proverbial 18 Rules for Living, I have been inspired to shift some focus on incorporating these principles in my own life. While the rules aren't exactly a blueprint down the enlightened path, the simplicity of the ideas packs a powerful punch.

Jennifer Stevens 

  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:
    • Respect for self
    • Respect for others
    • 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.

Each time I read the list I pick up on something new that inspires me. I feel empowered to the point where I contemplate packing up and shipping off on my quest to obtain world peace. That idea is always short-lived once I realize my current path will ultimately enable me to make the greatest impact in the long-run. The best I can do is focus my energy on self-improvement.

The power of the Dalai Lama's words rest in the message they convey and the actions they inspire. I challenge you to become inspired and find peace with yourself.