I came across this recently and thought it was very wise and very beautiful. There are so many great words of wisdom here, I find it impossible to pick which ones I like the most. I hope it is of some benefit to you as well.
(NOTE: As I was preparing this for posting, I came across some controversary stating this is not the words of The Dalai Lama, but rather the work of Jackson Brown and H. Jackson Brown, Jr., authors of "Life's Little Instruction Book." It's interesting because there are many posters made up that credit The Dalai Lama to this work. Regardless of the author and the mystery surrounding it, I still find it valuable. Hope you enjoy!)
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: Respect for self; Respect for others; and 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, 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'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.
- Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
Have an amazing day!