Notes from Windward: #60

Joyce's nephew Shawn sent along this list of the Dalia Lama's thoughts on the new millennium, and they're a pretty close match for what's evolved as the Windward perspective on such things. Close enough that we wanted to incorporate it in this issue for your consideration.

Note: Joyce's nephew Shawn lives in New York, and isn't the Shawn who's part of Windward's "on-site team." For reasons unknown to us, certain names seem to be drawn to Windward, "Shawn" and its variants being the most common, with "Bob" and "Heather" following right behind.

Note 2: Although this was attributed to the Dalai Lama, it did come in over the internet, so it may or may not be his words. Either way, the thoughts are good and worth sharing in their own right.


This is what The Dalai Lama has to say on the millennium. It takes is a few seconds to read and think over.


1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risks.

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 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.

Note #3: I'm not so sure about that last thought. Over the years, we've seen some remarkable things come out of the kitchen when a cook indulged in a bit more "reckless abandon" than was prudent. The never to be forgotten cinnamon sphagetti being a prime example.