Instructions for Life -- a Practice Attributed to the Dalai Lama
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 yourself Respect for others, 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 friendship. 7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. 8. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values. 9. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. 10. Live a good, honourable life. Then, when you are older and you think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time. 11. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life. 12. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past. 13. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality. 14. Be gentle with the earth. 15. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before. 16. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other. 17. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. 18. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon. PRACTICE EACH PASSING MOMENT at work, at play, in all that is done.
My Nina would laugh at what I did at work today…
I was doing some prep work at the restaurant,
Using the slicer,
And my thumb got a little close,
And snagged a little on the blade…
To which I immediately yelled
Aw man! I NEED A BANDAID!!!
and then stopped when i realized the déjà vu…
From when I was 5.
Nina Alma will tell you why this is funny.
But I did go and get a bandaid.
And I did feel all better.
I had a dream last night
That it was close to my last week in Michigan or something…
And my mom was here with a truck and she was taking my stuff back to Arizona,
But only like 70% of it.
The weird dreamy part of all this,
Is that the stuff she was taking back was mostly the things I can carry in suitcases.
I mean she took my desk and pictures with frames and clothes
But was leaving my keyboard, my sewing machine and all of my Army gear.
She even took my blankets man…
But I was still gonna be here for like two weeks…
It’s like, what did my dream mom think I was gonna be wearing, let alone sleeping on for 2 weeks? And how am I supposed to take a keyboard and a sewing machine on a plane?!
Someone analyze this for me, I don’t really move back to AZ until December. And I’m driving back with my best friend from high school. Road trip! (in the winter when it’s most dangerous…yaaaay? 0_o