“When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, ‘Oh yes – I already have everything that I really need.'”
Not too long ago, I posted an abbreviated version of Gandhi’s Ten Rules for Changing the World. Today, I found another great list I wanted to share that comes from the Big Man of the Buddha himself. These are the Dalai Lama’s 18 Rules for Living. A lot of numbers have been thrown around in my blog lately, which is funny because math and I parted ways a loooong time ago — it was not an amicable split. Plus, I don’t believe that living well, being kind or changing the world is formulaic or an exact science. But there’s good stuff in here and wonderful food for thought.
So, that being said…today’s post is brought to you by the Number 18.
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, Responsibility for all your actions.
4.) Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonder stroke of luck.
5.) Know 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 time alone every day.
9.) Be open 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 knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
15.) Be gentle with the earth.
16.) As often as possible, 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.
(Wasn’t that last one a zinger?!)