The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love...Kenya

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Saturday, April 09, 2005

A Motivating Mantra

While I was cleaning out more stuff last night, I came across something that really moved me, and I can’t believe that I had stored it away. Reading it over again, it’s clear that the Universe was sending me a little reminder of what is ahead of me and why I am doing it (spiritually speaking, at least).


The Mantra

Instructions for Life in the new millennium from the Dalai Lama

Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

Follow the three R’s: Respect for self, respect for others, responsibility for all your actions

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

Spend some time alone every day.

Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

Be gentle with the earth.

Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.



  • At 10:13 PM, Blogger Erin said…

    Ah, what great advice!

    Things like this is ideal to stash away in your stuff, so that you'll run across them while in Kenya. You never know, running across this later on may give you an emotional and mental boost when you need it most! I'm planning on taking several of my favorite books and lists of quotes just for the times when things get really tough. ;-)


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