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The Breeze Carries Him

In this life I’ve been rewarded with the greatest of gifts and the lowest of disappointments. In life, relationships, business, finances and education. I’ve ridden the rollercoaster of existence from wavelength to wavelength.

There have been times I’ve been so high on life I couldn’t help but smile ear to ear as I coasted alone through winding Connecticut roads or along the crystal clear ocean of Fort Lauderdale beach. I’ve screamed in excitement to myself alone in my car after some great business deals and also cried alone in that same car while gazing at the clouds asking the universe why this had to happen.

I’ve been up and down, but overall I’ve lived a very rewarding, gifted and amazing life. I feel blessed every day for my loving family, my closest friends, the outrageously sticky situations I’ve escaped and the beautiful ones I’ve found myself in. As time progresses I find myself learning faster than ever, understanding this world with greater clarity with each passing day. Time moves slower but life moves quicker as the evolution of my mind seems to even surpass my capabilities at times. As I ran down the beach barefooted just moments ago I couldn’t help but to remind myself how lucky I’ve been. How much gift and opportunity the world has presented me.

And even in the darkest hours I’ve found peace and understanding through my greatest challenges and disappointments. Each and every day I think about my brother; what he would say, how he would approach a situation and how he could explain me into happiness by simply pointing out how over-complicated my thinking was. He was a genius, and to him I feel forever indebted. At times when we were young he seemed to be my greatest enemy, but as soon as something jeopardized my safety or happiness he would swoop in and save the day.

His mind ran wild and free and his viewpoints on existence will stick to my soul for eternity. I refuse to believe he is gone but instead he has occupied my mind and guided me through the past few years with smooth and unnoticed valor.

As my eyes become clouded with tears its harder and harder to see the screen. I wish I could tell him how much he means to me but somehow I know he’s reading this as I write it. He’s guiding the quiet taps of my fingertips as the cool ocean breeze sends freshness through my veins.

This is a complex life but simple indeed. We complicate things on our own, he was always there to show me how basic things were. “Look around” he would say, “don’t listen to what everyone tells you. If it were that easy to see then everyone would get it.”

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Learning Through Change

Fort Myers, Florida - August 2011

Knowledge is everywhere.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin

Every experience is a new opportunity to learn.  Everything moves rapidly and constantly, evolving faster now than ever before.

I once believed learning had an endpoint.  Once you’d reached your greatest achievement there was nothing left to learn. Now I see learning is endless for any and all subjects.  We can’t be too educated, aware or conscious.  Expanding the mind and depth of experience prepares us for our toughest decisions.

The questions that arise in our immediate future will be dire and of the greatest importance. How we react as individuals, communities, societies and organisms will be crucial to the direction of our existence.

Faith in ourselves and each other is our salvation.  Seek and broadcast truth, maintain a strong desire to grow and expect strong opposition.  Say what you believe and believe what you say.  Appreciate being wrong and value all opinions.

Watch this TED Talk video

Kathryn Shulz, “On being wrong”

The more and more I uncover new truths about life, the more I see the parallels in business, learning, progress and the sport of existence. New understanding in any area pays interest on all accounts.

Knowledge is the sum of information acquired through experience.  Wisdom is applying the quality of that knowledge to decisions in the present. Knowledge we seek is of equal importance to comprehension of whats presented to us.

For me, the key to enlightenment is to stop thinking I know everything and listen to the guidance of others who’s lives and accomplishments embody things I revere.

Things to ask yourself

What is your purpose? Given your present library of knowledge and wisdom, what is the greatest aspiration you could ever seek?

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.
Margaret Mead

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

If one truly believes we can do anything we put our mind to, why aren’t we setting seemingly impossible goals for ourselves? Especially if we’ve been so efficient at reaching them in the past.

They can do all because they think they can.
Virgil

Take a look at the sum of your life. Not rewards or traditional achievements, but how you’ve positively affected the lives of others. What is your impact? What could it be? What are you/we capable of? What we do next is the answer.

I was going to change my shirt, but I changed my mind instead.
Winnie the Pooh

Ric Elias: 3 things I learned while my plane crashed

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Refine

With 2008 upon us, it seems now would be as appropriate a time as any for us to take just a few minutes to take a step back. A step back to reflect on our lives up to this point, think about how we handled 2007 and prepare for the year ahead.

What did 2007 mean to you? How much did you change in 365 days? What’s going to change now that we’re crossing into ’08? Have you met the goals you set for yourself?

In this new year try to continue setting your goals daily, always raising the bar, always keeping on the up and up, always envisioning the next movement, and always preparing to outdo yourself. It won’t be easy, but what is?

With this new year comes a new beginning. Once again, we’re on the brink of a new opportunity.

An opportunity to make things right. Shift your mind, shift your perceptions, open the door and walk through without delay. How or what you choose to shift is entirely up to you. If you decide to do something to improve yourself, there’s no time to put things off – act immediately. What are you waiting for? Often times it seems thinking about the difficulty of the task at hand is more excruciating than actually doing it.

Your mind is a powerful tool, an extremely powerful tool. It determines where you take yourself, how you carry yourself there and what you do once you’ve arrived. We can accomplish whatever goals we set for ourselves. Just keep going, keep climbing. Go further. Go just a little bit further, every single day.

I consider myself a pretty amateur cat in this game of life. Because of this I don’t come bearing specific advice, guidance, the key or the answers. I simply share my thoughts; I share them with you just as I’m sharing them with myself. I come as a player, a teammate, a fellow colleague on this field of existence known as life.

As a fellow player in this game I’ve come to realize some of the complexities of life while continuing to learn new ones along the way. In this game: the players change, the rules change, there are no referees, the hall of fame is too broad to contain in one location and there are millions of ways to both win and lose. You can even lose and win simultaneously. In comparison to the games we’ve created for ourselves and our society, I can honestly say I’ve never played one quite like this.

The great part about this game is although we’re all technically on the same playing field, there is no opposing team, no enemy and there doesn’t always have to be a loser. However, enemies can create themselves, alliances can develop and the rules can be ignored. We can regulate to the best of our abilities; but quite frankly there’s just no referee, no time limit and no rules.

Yet we must keep playing, keep redefining and keep moving forward. Disregard those who manipulate the game and play it your own way. You will meet likeminded teammates along the way. Together… any feat is attainable.

In my most recent entry to ambition, I wrote “Never settle for less, fuck satisfaction.” This applies to the game, ourselves, our relationships, our world, our lives, our future and present. A motto, if you will.

A wise man by the name of Chuck Drury once said, “Every day you get better at something or you get worse at it, you never stay the same.” Thoroughly examine his words and you too shall realize nothing is truly permanent. I’ve heard that nothing in life is guaranteed but death – so shape your own existence.

Like us, this world is changing, we are changing, everything is evolving. Prepare yourself accordingly by continuing to better yourself. Continue to develop your ambitions, heighten your expectations, express your thoughts, build your world, continue setting and pursuing your goals, strengthen your relationships and never ever disregard or ignore that which inspires you. The mind truly is a terrible thing to waste.

Take part in this evolution, this revolution, this bright new day. As we embark on 2008, nobody knows what lies ahead. We can only continue shaping everything we know and love into something better and better.

We are the future, and it begins now.

[quote]”Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”
– Chuck Drury[/quote]

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