Life’s most essential questions are Why? And Why Not? The secret is knowing which one to ask. It becomes vitally important to know when to talk and when to listen. The future depends on how we choose to meet it. We must seek each day to deliver knowledge and information that inspires, illuminates and helps chart the way into the future.
As we navigate our lives, ultimate liberation becomes the freedom from want. We must relentlessly focus on what it is that we genuinely need. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to pay the price of admission. Many of our wants and preferences in the world do not arrive when we would like them to. But life will always provide what is needed at the moment for us to learn, grow and discover.
When principles, experiences, and wisdom are put into action new learning transpires. Some people create an invisible protective barrier around them, so they never have to deal with difficult conversations and their real emotions. It is only through embarking on the transformative process of self-exploration and addressing these internal schisms that liberate us to become our best selves and individuals who lead and serve with intention.
The most fundamental ingredient of our growth is embracing change. You have to learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable. It is in this stage of discomfort that allows you to exceed, to excel and to recognize your most true self and all the vast possibilities that reside within you. It is the stretching beyond what is normal, to find out who you are.
At eighty-one years old I am still a works in progress. Life is a journey with no finish line. The moment we retire from learning, growing and exploring we perish rapidly while still being alive. May these ten themes I am still mastering in my own life assist in providing comfort, faith, and direction in yours.
- Love: Life is love, and if you miss love, you miss life. Allow love to be the transcending force that transforms your relationship with yourself and others. It is not so much about learning how to love yourself. But unlearning all the ways, you reject yourself.
- Answers: The better you know yourself, the better capable you are of enhancing your life. Look beyond what is, into what can be and further into what should be.
- Opportunities: Allow your genuine curiosity to be your wings. Design the life you wish to live. Life is always under construction. Every day execute something that brings you closer to your dream.
- Truth: The truth will always set you free. Turn challenging the truth into a habit. Being honest with yourself and with others will keep toxic internal and external conflicts away.
- Light: We cannot heal what we do not reveal. We are always evolving. Addressing and working through our fears, insecurities and internal schisms teach us to make peace with what is, let go of what is not to create more space for love, abundance, creativity, and positivity to enter into our lives.
- Oneness: The most important relationship you will ever have is the one with yourself. Take time daily to be with yourself not by yourself. You cannot be lonely if you like the person you are alone with.
- Time: The most important asset you will ever have is time. Use your 86,400 seconds, 1,440 minutes, and 24 hours wisely and earnestly. Do not die with your dreams still inside you. Live today as if you will die tomorrow.
- Forgiveness: Render authentic forgiveness towards yourself and others. It is through the letting go and making peace with our past that we will be able to truly embrace, appreciate and immerse ourselves in the present moment.
- Wisdom: Do not search for information, search for enlightenment. Wisdom is the art of knowing what you do not know. Wisdom not only knows, but it understands. Everyone you encounter is a teacher.
- Future: Change before you have to change. Technology has blurred all of the lines, so you have to be a global citizen. Investing in your self-development is the best investment you will ever make. Leverage technology to improve the quality of your performance, instruction and relationships.