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18 Rules of Living by 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 Rs: 1. Respect for self 2. Respect for others 3. 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, honourable 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.
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This was the view from my hotel window in Kathmandu when I was in Nepal. My thoughts today are with the beautiful, friendly people of Nepal as the come to terms with the devastation of an earthquake that has changed this view forever and taken many lives. Such a poor country gave me the richest of experiences when I visited.
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I was shocked by this. Yesterday 136 people were killed or seriously injured on our roads and we accept it, no mention of it. Yesterday, 1 Japanese national was murdered by ISIS (no disrespect here) and there is full page reporting in the national press as it's unacceptable.

Is it just me that thinks there is something seriously wrong with this?
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I was wrong last week when I wrote about 1,400 children being abused in Rotherham. I said it was perpetrated by Pakistani heritage men preying mostly on venerable white girls.
 
In the picture is Ruzwana Bashir. A girl who lived just up the road from Rotherham in Skipton. She was abused when she was young. She felt so ashamed at the time she didn’t tell anyone. She dared not to. She kept herself to herself and studied. She thought it might be her way out. At 18 she was offered a place at Oxford University, put aside the traditional shalwar kameez, left her home, wore jeans and tried to fit in. She succeeded in so many ways, became president of Oxford Union, got an amazing job in the City with Goldman Sachs and a few years later got her MBA.   But she was haunted by her passed.
 
She is one of those abused.
 
But when she told her parents of the abuse later in life, of the identity of the abuser they begged her not to go public, not to bring shame on the family. They were afraid of what their community would think of them. They would be shunned.
 
What ignorance perpetrates this and allows the most innocent to be fodder?
 
Ruzwana said had she been living at home she would have not sought the right redress she was due, justice. She told her story against her families wishes and her abuser was arrested, others came out and told their story because she had been brave and lead the way. Ruzwana is convinced, because of the fear of shame, many, many more Asian girls fall victim of abuse and it is never reported.
 
I was wrong in saying the abuse was perpetrated by Pakistani men heritage preying on vulnerable white girls, it’s Asian girls too. It’s just, it seems they are even more afraid of losing their family and their homes if they report the abuse than they are of the abuser.
 
If you are from one of those in a community that think it is shameful to out an abuser the shame is with you. Your ignorance and fear allows the perpetrators of such acts to run free and abuse children. All children. All races.
 
Isn’t it about time we stood up and said no more. To say no, it is not OK to turn a blind eye, to stop condoning and start condemning.
 
For me there is an extra tragedy behind the Rotherham story that is a blight on our society, that so many children are under the care of society. It’s a tragedy that communities, authorities and families when challenged, don’t have the back bone to do the right thing because other right minded people could look the other way because it’s not in their back yard.
 
I know we can do better. Not belief or faith tells me this, I know and it starts with the one talking to another and for the other to say, hey, you’re not alone, lets do what is good and right.
 
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke”
 
Good men and women don’t do nothing, they do something. The right thing.
 
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Microsoft Excel has got to be the worlds worst video game.
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Today I learned I’ve been nominated to win an award at this years ‘Martial Arts Illustrated Hall of Fame 201’4. I’m truly humbled and grateful to be nominated and considered but I will be declining.

There are far better candidates for such an accolade than me. My contribution to martial arts has been minimum, my abilities as a martial artist in no way justify consideration and of late I’m embarrassed of my martial arts lineage. I’m not a real martial artist.

In my opinion a martial artist must be constantly striving to improve and grow through physical training in their chosen art, seeking to be the best they can, endeavoring to be the best in the class and when they are go and seek out a class that again challenges them.

The martial artist should espouse mental qualities that should be aspired to and enacted in everyday life. Qualities such as honesty, integrity, selflessness, respect, honour and humility to name but a few. High on that list, is a fighting spirit, the ability to keep going when the will to keep going is gone.

I do not qualify as a martial artist on physical grounds. I do aspire to the mental qualities though and will continue to do so.

Best of luck to all the other nominees for this year and I hope those unsung real heroes in martial arts attain the proper recognition they truly deserve in the future.
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Today's dilemma... Would you tell him or watch?
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Rich, is it a charity bike ride? if it is, let us know and we'll sponsor you. We'll double the sponsorship if you strap one of our flashing alarm bell boxes to the front of your bike...
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Unbelievable story of a man rescued from inside a ship that sank three days earlier.
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In business I'm an I.T. marketing consultant and website developer and social media expert at  TalkingComs in Coventry, West Midlands. http://TalkingComs.net

Sports interests include mountain walking, martial arts, running and sustainable fitness. I'm a third Dan instructor qualified under the British Combat Association.
http://RichardBarnes.com is my personal blog and can be found on Facebook, username - richardbarnes12 and on Twitter @richardbarnes1
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