Lesson 3: Be of use
I learned this one from my own Sensei and incorporated into our Dojo rules. In a world of selfishness, following this life lesson changes your outlook on a day to day basis. It moves us away frow selfishness towards compassion and empathy. If you can finish the day, knowing you where of use to somebody that day, it was a good day.
It could be a small gesture, such as helping a mother with her buggy down some steps, to significant life changing acts such as staying up all night talking to a friend who is hurting emotionally. How can your existance today improve someones life today? Can you find the time and will to make a difference in the world around you? Can you be of use to a loved one, a friend, a stranger today, tomorrow, everyday?