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Forwarded e-mail from me mom and dad

Instructions for Life in the new millennium from 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 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 everyday.
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, 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
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current
14. Don't bring up the past.
15. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
16. Be gentle with the earth.
17. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
18. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love
for each other exceeds your need for each other.
19. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
20. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.


The Kindness of a Stranger

It was a bitter, cold evening in northern Virginia many

years ago. The old man's beard was glazed by winter's frost

while he waited for a ride across the river. The wait

seemed endless. His body became numb and stiff from the

frigid north wind.

He heard the faint, steady rhythm of approaching hooves

galloping along the frozen path. Anxiously, he watched as

several horsemen rounded the bend. He let the first one

pass by without an effort to get his attention. Then

another passed by, and another. Finally, the last rider

neared the spot where the old man sat like a snow statue.

As this one drew near, the old man caught the rider's eye

and said, "Sir, would you mind giving an old man a ride to

the other side? There doesn't appear to be a passageway by


Reining his horse, the rider replied, "Sure thing. Hop

aboard." Seeing the old man was unable to lift his

half-frozen body from the ground, the horseman dismounted

and helped the old man onto the horse. The horseman took

the old man not just across the river, but to his

destination, which was just a few miles away.

As they neared the tiny but cozy cottage, the horseman's

curiosity caused him to inquire, "Sir, I notice that you

let several other riders pass by without making an effort

to secure a ride. Then I came up and you immediately asked

me for a ride. I'm curious why, on such a bitter winter

night, you would wait and ask the last rider. What if I had

refused and left you there?"

The old man lowered himself slowly down from the horse,

looked the rider straight in the eyes, and replied, "I've

been around these here parts for some time. I reckon I know

people pretty good." The old-timer continued, "I looked

into the eyes of the other riders and immediately saw there

was no concern for my situation. It would have been useless

even to ask them for a ride. But when I looked into your

eyes, kindness and compassion were evident. I knew, then

and there, that your gentle spirit would welcome the

opportunity to give me assistance in my time of need."

Those heartwarming comments touched the horseman deeply.

"I'm most grateful for what you have said," he told the old

man. "May I never get too busy in my own affairs that I

fail to respond to the needs of others with kindness and


With that, Thomas Jefferson turned his horse around and

made his way back to the White House.

- Source Unknown


I hope you are all well.

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