18 Instructions For Life

I’ve had these* written on a piece of paper taped to my bathroom mirror for almost a year. Some call them rules, but I don’t like that word. I prefer attitudes toward life. Some days I need to read them more that others…


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: Respect for self, Respect for others, 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, honourable 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.

* I see different sites attributing them to the Dalai Lama and some quote them from the Life’s Little Instruction Book.


2 thoughts on “18 Instructions For Life”

  • Thank you for posting this! I resonate with a lot of these! Some I’ve been really great at applying and others not so much. It’s definitely good to re read these occasionally. Love it!

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