I came across a quote today from one of the great philosophers of recent time, Ralph Waldo Emerson. As I read through I felt the truth of it ring through my very bones. We spend so much time chasing titles and raises in life trying to define our success by the standards the movies, media and books have filled our mind with that we don't realize those things have absolutely nothing to do with success, true honest make your soul sing success. That is something that no amount of money can buy and no title can give, it is something each of us have to earn in our way. Read through the quote below and see how it speaks to you and leave a comment about what you think success really is.
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
I once got a fortune cookie that said "The strongest desire known to human life is to continue living" and at first it sounds like something so simple and true that we all kind of go d'uh but if you stop and think about it there is a deeper meaning to it. Our desires as we know them are just part of our paradigm which is really just a culmination of our thoughts, beliefs, habbits and feelings and in order for us to have such a stong desire that we can classify it as the strongest desire known to human life all those different pieces have to be desiring for the same thing. This is why change comes so slowly and painfully for so many people. Our current paradigm sees this change we are trying to bring into our life as a threat to its ability to keep on living and so it fights with all the resources it can to stop that changing from taking hold.
Why then do some of us seem to be able to change and adapt to change so calm and effortlessly? Could it be that those of us who experience this have come to realize that the change we are bringing into our lives is the end of our current paradigm but just an addition to it? You see when we accept a new truth, form a new habbit or decide to change the way we feel about something our old belief, habbit or feelings doesn't just drift away into the void. We still remember the old belief even though we don't currently agree with it and becuase of that we can view things through the perspective associated with that truth when we choose. Think about Santa Clause for instance. Most of us at one point in our lives believed that on the night of the 24th of December that a pudgy old man with bright red cheeks who magically slide down our chimeny's and leave us presents under the tree and drink the milk we left out for him. Now that we are grown we know this not to be the case yet when we talk to little children who still believe in Santa Clause we can understand where they are coming from and so we play along with their belief or we can choose to tell them the truth and take that magical time away from them. The point is the belief never really leaves does it?
Life is like facing a dense forest where you can barely see through the trees. You know you want to get to the other side and you know you are going to have to go through the forest to get there. So you observe, analyze, theorize, test, plan and finally attempt to make your path. Yet more often than not you are so focused on following the path that you put so much effort into planning, so much time into thinking about that you fail to notice that just after you started to make your path you came across something wonderful; a natural trail through the forest that was hidden from you by the trees. One that, had you been paying attention to the here and the now instead of twenty trees down the line, would have made your journey so much easier and would have allowed you to enjoy the calm, peaceful beauty of the forest instead of fighting it to get to your goal.
We all live within the confines of our perception and we tend to zero in on something we feel is challenging us. What if we’re misunderstanding the situation though? What if through some miscommunication between life and us we took what was meant to be a rewarding experience and turned it into a never ending challenge with little meadows of easy travelling before we are forced back into pushing our way through branches and leaves?
Next time you feel your leaving the meadow and heading back into the fight take a moment to stop and try to shift your perspective. Let go of your long term goal for just a moment and take an objective account of the options life is currently offering you. You may find that one of them, something you had never thought of before in your life, sounds much more inviting, natural, enjoyable and rewarding than your original goal.
I've just added the Quote Board page to the blog with some of my favorite quotes. There will be lots more added over time but this is a good start. I would love to see some of your favorite quotes show up in the comments section, lets make this a page to read any time you need a little pick me up or something to reflect on.
With all the hype put on the latest and greatest technology breakthroughs and advancements sometimes we miss the advancements made in other fields. Here are three very interesting articles about what's new in the medical sciences fields, check them out:
I had a friend of mine tell me a story one time about a lunch he had had with a frend of his where they were approached by a couple sales poeple who asked the question "What do you want in life?" to which my friends buddy replied, without hesitation, "Seventeen million dollars and The Force." This quickly ended the sales pitch and turned into a classic office water cooler story. Now it seems this month at least one of his desires from life will be coming true... in a way.
Early this week Uncle Milton's executive VP gave an interview with the New York Post about a new toy the company is putting out called the Star Wars Force Trainer. This toy uses the same technology that doctors use to monitor brainwaves to bring the toy, a ping pong ball in a clear plastic tube, to life. The technology behind this toy is Brain Control Interface or BCI and is being used more than you may realize. Back in 2007 Wired did a story about how the BCI wave could soon be crossing over into video games making you the controller and this little toy could be a big stepping stone in that direction. Can you imagine playing your favorite racing game with your mind as the controller? No more "Damnit! I hit the brake not the gas!" moments. Or playing your favorite fighting game with your little brother or your kid. No more getting pwned by the younger generation just because there natural ability to master a controller and key combinations that escape you. This could bring a whole new demographic to the video game world, people like my wife, who can not stand to play 3d games because she can't control them, now have the ability to participate in one of the bigger areas of my life and actually enjoy it!
Throughout history explorers, adventurers, kings and queens alike have all been tempted by the journey to find the elixir of life immortal, the fountain of youth. In the last few centuries we have as a society completely written off the thought of living forever and become content with adding a few more years or maybe a decade or two of life and calling it good. Well it looks like the hunt for the fountain of youth may becoming full circle and into the lime light once again. Several news agencies have done stories on a little girl in Maryland who seems to be doing the impossible... not aging!
Brooke Greenberg is a 16 year old girl who looks, functions and exists to us as an infant however, scientist and doctors have been able to find no explination as to why. They have looked at her gene's, her chromozones and medical tests and they are all left scratching their heads as to why and how Brooke's body is not aging. I should offer a little more explination here on exactly what Brooke's body is doing. While physically she looks as though she is just over a year old there are certain parts of her body that appear to have aged independantly of the rest. Her teeth for example, while still being baby teeth, are approximately 8 years old and her bones appear to be around the 10 year mark. The interesting points in this story don't stop there though, they get much wierder...
With all the hype stirred up by "The Secret" a whole new generation of meta-physicists and spiritual explorers was born (or in some cases revitalized). And with science and religion's historically giant chasm of separation turning more and more into a traversable small canyon every day there couldn't be a better time to be among their numbers.
Now, for the population of nay-sayers out there, the people who think positive thought and attraction are just new-age mumbo-jumbo I have a book suggetion. The New Psycho-Cybernetics, written by Maxwell Maltz M.D., is a book that fills in the gaps left by The Secret, giving you real scientific evidence and a well thought through outlook on the why and how of this phenomena. For those of you out there who scoff at the idea of wasting your time reading a book you already know you disagree with I would ask you what you have to loose? What is it possibly going to hurt in your life if you read through this book?
I don't know about you but for me learning new tasks, jobs and hobbies can be a daunting challenge sometimes. For instance, I've been wanting to learn how to play the drums but in looking at my life I wonder "When will I have the time to practice to get to be as good as I would like to be?" Have you ever found yourself asking the same question? Enter The Talent Code. This book is like the idiots guide to neuroplasticy or a skill growing 101 at your local college. It takes the stand point that skills (or talents) are not something that is just given to us but something each and everyone of us can earn!
While this book does use some science and medical terminology it does so in a way that any new comer to the fields would be able to pick it up and feel comfortable with the content. The author does an excellent job of explaining how your brain forms skills and how it improves upon them through the learning process. It then takes you through the various ways to manipulate this process to make your brain work on your talents and skills for you instead of having to work on them yourselves. It's an easy and quick read that will leave you feeling like you can take on the world and change your life!