Break the Chain Did the Dalai Do It?

Exclusive (3/30/01) For some reason, even feel-good, common sense advice sounds much more convincing if we believe it to come from some authoritative person. This little bit of plagiarism is one example.

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This is what The Dali Lama has to say on the millennium, which begins 01/01/2001. All it takes is a few seconds to read and think about. Do not keep this message. The mantra must leave your hands within 96 hours. You will get a very pleasant surprise. This is true even if you are not superstitious. Instructions for Life in the new millennium from the Dali 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 Rs: 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 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's 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. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

Do not keep this message. The mantra must leave your hands within 96 hours. You will get a very pleasant surprise (this is true even if you are not superstitious) if you send it to:

0-4 people: Your life will improve slightly. 5-9 people: Your life will improve to your liking. 9-14 people: You will have at least 5 surprises in the next 3 weeks. 15 people and above: Your life will improve drastically and everything you ever dreamed of will begin to take shape.

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If you truly believe that forwarding an e-mail message will improve your life, please stop reading now. Reading what I have to say will give you bad luck, but only if you read it standing on a broken mirror underneath a ladder next to a black cat on Friday the 13th.

Did the Dalai do it? Nope.

These instructions for life (and 26 others that were mysteriously dropped from the list since it hit the 'net around 1999), were originally given by Jackson Brown and H. Jackson Brown, Jr. in their publication Life's Little Instruction Book. So, first we drop the authors' name from it. Then, thinking that it really needs a convincing source to make them more believable (and, thus, more "forward-able"), somebody attributes it to a well-known authority.

For more, read "Hello, Dalai!" from Snopes.com. Break this Chain!

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