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The Dalai Lama’s Instructions For Life

The Dalai Lama’s Instructions For Life

A number of years back I discovered the Dalai Lama’s Instructions For Life. I remember when I first read them I thought they were extremely thoughtful.

They aren’t complicated.

They just seemed like good, solid advice and guidance for living a positive life.

Since I initially found them, I have learned that these instructions may not have actually been written by the Dalai Lama and to be honest, I’m not exactly sure where they originated from.

But I think good advice is meant to be shared – no matter where it comes from.

Occasionally we can get caught up in the busyness of life and it can sometimes help to try and reconnect with what is really important.

These instructions might help just do this…

Instructions For Life

  • Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  • When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  • Follow the three R’s;
    1. Respect for self,
    2. Respect for others and
    3. 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 relationship.
  • 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, honorable 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 is 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.
  • If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
  • If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.