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Blog Archive > 20-Dec-15
So it's Christmas, which whether you're Christian or not, practicing or not,
is a good time to pause and reflect. Maybe you can do it as the year is ending
or the Northern hemisphere winter is turning (or Summer in the South).
I try to get wiser, but I'm not sure I've got to any sensible plateau as yet,
so perhaps I should hand over this year's serving to the Dalai Lama. He's a
tolerant sort of chap who seems to have found the secret of happiness in the
face of much reason for sorrow. I recently came across his '18
Rules for Living' and was quite struck by them. So I've reproduced them here. I
tend to annotate interesting things with my thoughts about them, but I think
these need no comment, which is perhaps another testament to their value.
- Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great
- When you lose, don't lose the lesson..
- Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, Respect for others, and
Responsibility for all your actions.
- Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke
- 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
- 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.
- A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
- In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation.
- Share your knowledge.
- Be gentle with the earth.
- Once a year, as often as possible, 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.
So there you are. Wise advice indeed. And please do have a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year. And beyond that, of course.