Serving Others is the Highest Etiquette

dalai-lama-hi-resHere is a meaningful quote from the Dalai Lama, about how to live one’s life well. Please it three times to absorb its deepest meaning:

Each one of us is a just visitor to this planet,
a guest, who will only stay for a limited time.
What greater folly could there be than to spend this
short time alone, unhappy or in conflict with our companions?
Far better, surely, to use our short time here in living
a meaningful life, enriched by our sense of connection
with others and being of service to them.
~ Dalai Lama

Now ask yourself: How well am I truly living my life in such a way I am not lonely, unhappy, or in constant conflict with myself and the people around me, whether at work, at home, and in the community?

Take a few moments to think about your life. Perhaps write down what specific ways you can do a better job at living a happier, more fulfilling and productive life that is free of guilt and regret. How do you plan to be surrounded by good friends and family? How will you show these people your constant love and care? How will you do good things with them and for them? We each deserve to live the best life we possibly can. What generally sets us back is our own misbehaviors, by not doing what we already know is the right thing to do.  Spend some time to contemplate the above questions.

BTW, Because this quote affected me so deeply, I reformatted it on an 8.5 x11-inch sheet of paper to post on my bulletin board in my office to read every day. If you would like a copy, send an email to, Subject: Dalai Lama. I’ll send you my PDF. Conversely, copy the quote and reformat it for yourself. It will be that much more meaningful.

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