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.
- Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
- When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
- Follow the three Rs:
- Respect for self
- Respect for others
- Responsibility for all your actions.
- Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
- Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
- Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
- When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
- Spend some time alone every day.
- Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
- Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
- Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
- A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
- In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
- Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
- Be gentle with the earth.
- Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
- Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
- Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
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
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.