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18 Rules for Living and Truths by the Dalai Lama

I love this list by the Dalai Lama and I re-read it each year on January 1st so today’s the perfect time to post this.

When I read it, I also focus on 5 of those lessons to reflect upon what I should think about for the upcoming year based on what has happened from the year before.


Here are my five in bolded green:

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, 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’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.

Which 5 will you be focusing on?

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  1. Karen

    I like all of these rules! Can I be ambitious and focus on all 18? Hahaha. For me, my top 5 would be: #1, #7, #8 #16 and #18. Thank you for sharing this! 🙂

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      You’re welcome!

      All 18 is good, but I’ve noticed that from year to year, my top 5 changes.

  2. Petrish @ Debt Free Martini

    I absolutely love #4 for I really believe it sums up my past. Thank you so much for sharing this very motivational post. Looking forward to following your journey in 2015.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Thank you kindly. Here’s to a fantastic 2015!

  3. V

    I’ll be focusing on #12-16!

  4. V

    I love the Dalai Lama! Gotta print this and put it on my fridge 🙂

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