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 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 relationship.
  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, 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 life.
  13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation.   Don’t bring up the past.
  14. Share your knowledge. It is 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.
  19. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
  20. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
After reading these I am thinking that the Dalai Lama must have participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day.  So many of these qualities/ life lessons the participants already embody.  Those of us that have participated before always tell people that for 3-Days, it is like the world should be all the time.  People have in the excitement of the moment, left things behind, ( sometimes very expensive items ) but they get returned.  You see a fellow 3-Dayer and you are genuinely concerned for their well being even though you have just met.   Some people call it Pink washed, I like to think of it as a higher level of kindness.  To truly treat others as you would like to be treated.  I printed out this list of 20, it is hanging next to my mirror as a constant reminder of how we should always try to be.  Trust me when I tell you that at times I am guilty of being less then Zen and I lose my cherub like demeanor. Life is about learning, and every day we are here, we have the opportunity to make a positive change & difference, to touch a life.