18 Rules for Living – by the Dalai Lama

Okay, so I borrowed this from my sister’s blog. Thanks, Kelly!

Tonight, it feels good to remind myself of these rules.

18 Rules for Living – by the Dalai Lama

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: 1. Respect for self 2. Respect for others 3. 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.

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  1. This is so perfect! Thanks for the reminder


  2. Wonderful. I especially like number 4.


    • Yes, it’s so true. There have been several times that not getting what I wanted ended up being a blessing after all was said and done.


  3. I like all of these, but plan to adopt #16 as my own. Life is too short to keep returning to the same places.


    • Good old #16. I’m usually up for an adventure.

      You’re right, Tricia, we shouldn’t keep returning to all the same places unless it’s the super market ,then we don’t have much choice. 😉


  4. Good words to live by.


  5. Lovely, thanks for the reminder.


  6. I LOVE these. Thanks for sharing. It is good to be reminded of some of these things.


  7. These are all fantastic; I tried to pick one in particular that really spoke to me, but they’re all so poignant!


  8. These are all good things to refer to from time to time. Thanks for sharing, Laura.


    • You’re welcome, Patti. Lists are great to refer back to from time to time just as a reminder. We all seem to need reminding from time to time.


  9. I’m gonna lean toward number 5 – but then – you probably knew I would.


  10. I love these, Laura…I have trouble with #13…thanks for sharing!



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