My very good friend, Roxanne just sent me the following Dalai Lama mantra and I loved it so much that I just had to share it with you...even though I've already done my post for tonight. Art's going to wonder why I'm taking so long to get to bed. I can't help it. We were out this evening to watch Shawn perform and then we watched the closing Olympic ceremonies and now here I am doing my blogging.
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 R’s:
Respect for self,
Respect for others and
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 relationship.
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, honorable 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 is 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.
19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
I did get this following comment from another blogger that I think you all should be aware of:
"I love the advice but it was not written by The Dalai Lama. You can check on www.snopes.com. I believe the points were taken from a book entitled something like "Life's Little Instruction Book". I don't recall the exact name. I still think these are wonderful words to live by, but just be aware they are commonly attributed to the wrong person. Peace, health & happiness to all."