These, then, are my last words to you: Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create that fact.
My friend Claudia in Australia is kind enough to often send me things that are of value to her and that she thinks would be valuable to me. This weekend she sent me a piece that I thought was timely as political vitriol, natural disasters, significant jumps in living costs, people losing their jobs and homes is taking its toll and I needed some positive thinking.
I think Claudia’s sending what the Dahlia Lama suggests is the kind of back to basic’s quality of life behaviors that can help carry those who follow his suggestions through difficult times. Thanks Claudia.
Words from the Dalai Lama
INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIFE
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 other’s 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 everyday.
9. Open 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 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.
I have found life an enjoyable, enchanting, active, and sometime terrifying experience, and I’ve enjoyed it completely. A lament in one ear, maybe, but always a song in the other.
He said: Serving as a Marine recruiter in North Carolina, I found a young man who met all the requirements and was ready to enlist. I explained the importance of being truthful on the application, and he began filling out his paper work. But when he got to the question "Do you own any foreign property or have any foreign financial interests?" he looked up at me with a worried expression.
"Well," he confessed, "I do own a Toyota. Does that matter?"
Bernie says to his wife Sarah, "Let’s go out tonight, darling and have some fun."
Sarah replies, "OK, but if you get home before I do, please leave the light in the hall on."
"A Little Office Prayer"
Grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change things I cannot accept,
And the wisdom
To hide the bodies of those people
I had to kill today because they
Ticked me off.
Help me to be careful
Of the toes I step on today as they
May be connected to the butt
That I might have to kiss tomorrow.
"Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself."
Boudreaux found Thibodeaux walking down the levee, looking really down in the dumps. Naturally, he asked Thibodeaux what the problem was.
Thibodeaux told Boudreaux, "Well, me and Clothile done had our first fight last night." Boudreaux says, "Aw, dat’s too bad. What y’all had a fight about?" Thibodeaux tells him, "Mais, I told her a joke about de Pope." Boudreaux says, "Mais, Thib, why did you do that? You knows dat Clothile is Catholic." Thibodeaux replies, "Yah, I knew dat, but I didn’t know de Pope was too."
Vote for the man who promises the least. He will be the least disappointing.
A friend was thinking about buying a new house in the country and asked me to come out and look at it. We found the town, but we couldn’t locate the road. We drove over to city hall, where a community get-together was going on, and asked around, but no one had heard of the road. Even the policemen and fire personnel were stumped. We went to city hall and consulted a map, with no luck, until finally one young man came to our aid. He pointed to the map, showing us exactly how to get there. I thanked the young man and asked if he was with the police or fire department.
"Neither," he replied. "I deliver pizzas."
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
My dad bought my mom a piano for her birthday.
A few weeks later, I asked how she was doing with it.
"Oh….that," said my dad, "I persuaded her to switch to a clarinet."
"Gee, how come?" I asked.
"Well…" he answered, "because with a clarinet, she can’t sing…."
Why explain? Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it.
When a physician remarked on a new patient’s extraordinarily ruddy complexion, he said, "High blood pressure, Doc. It comes from my family."
"Your mother’s side or your father’s?" I asked.
"Neither," he replied. "It’s from my wife’s family."
"Oh, come now," I said. "How could your wife’s family give you high blood pressure?"
He sighed. "You oughta meet ’em sometime, Doc!"
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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