If you were going to make up a list of “Instructions for Life,” what words of wisdom would it include?
Some say the following “Instructions for Life” were written by the Dalai Lama — and others say they were written by Anthony Robbins (or Unknown). I do recognize some of these from Lesson of Life by the Dalai Lama. Regardless of who the author is, I think this is worth sharing.
Instructions for Life:
1 – Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
2 – Memorize your favorite poem.
3 – Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
4 – When you say, “I love you,” mean it.
5 – When you say, “I’m sorry,” look the person in the eye.
6 – Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
7 – Believe in love at first sight.
8 – Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.
9 – Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.
10 – In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
11 – Don’t judge people by their relatives.
12 – Talk slow but think quick.
13 – When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile, and ask, “Why do you want to know?”
14 – Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
15 – Call your mom.
16 – Say “bless you” when you hear someone sneeze.
17 – When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
18 – Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.
19 – Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
20 – When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
21 – Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
22 – Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, conversational skills will be as important as any other.
23 – Spend some time alone.
24 – Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
25 – Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
26 – Read more books and watch less TV.
27 – Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll get to enjoy it a second time.
28 – Trust in God but lock your car.
29 – A loving atmosphere in your home is so important. Do all you can to create a tranquil harmonious home.
30 – In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
31 – Read between the lines.
32 – Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
33 – Be gentle with the earth.
34 – Pray. There’s immeasurable power in it.
35 – Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
36 – Mind your own business.
37 – Don’t trust a person who doesn’t close his/her eyes when you kiss him/her.
38 – Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
39 – If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth’s greatest satisfaction.
40 – Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
41 – Learn the rules then break some.
42 – Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other.
43 – Judge your success by what you had to give in order to get it.
44 – Remember that your character is your destiny.
45 – Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
What would you add to the list?