In his address to the graduating class at Stanford, the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs wrote:
“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
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The American psychologist James Hillman first proposed the “acorn theory” in his book entitled “The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling”. He suggested that every individual already holds their potential inside themselves from birth, just as the acorn already holds the pattern for an oak tree. Each individual’s unique energy becomes actualized through their choices and actions in life once they answer their life calling, much like an acorn turns into an oak tree and matures when it finally blossoms. Without denying the existence of both nature and nurture in human development, let’s look at our own individual achievements, character, and aspirations and ask ourselves: “How am I responding to my inner acorn?”
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There is absolutely nothing more threatening to your future potential than spending your present time dwelling on the past. Whatever has happened is now over. Victory or defeat, once the bells struck midnight, the day was done, gone for ever! Every morning you are reborn and who you are each single day is defined by what you do that single day & that single day only. You are not your past. You are only your present & your present actions determine your future.
So, pondering today’s potential, let’s take strength from the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
Fauja Singh, a 100-year-old Briton has become the world’s oldest marathon runner after finishing a race in Toronto, Canada.
He took up running at the age of 89, after loosing his wife & son, to give himself a new focus on life – at the age of 89!
When asked that enticing question about the secret of a long and healthy life he gave 5 pieces of advice:
Mr Singh said: “The secret to a long and healthy life is to be stress-free. Be grateful for everything you have, stay away from people who are negative, stay smiling and keep running.”
What would your answer be to your needs for a long and healthy life?
It’s June already, and we are half way through our calendar year. How has this year been for you up to this point? Is it manifesting as you pictured it back on January 1st?
Let’s take a moment right now to focus on the clarity of our visions and the quality of our inner lives. In this way our outer expression can become more harmonious and aligned with our values; it energizes us and allows us to make our greatest contributions. Continue by tapping in to some appreciations for this year so far. For greater results, write down at least five things you appreciate most about 2011 thus far. These are not necessarily all the happiest things that have occurred in your life. Instead, they may be events which have brought growth, more awareness, or the most personal development.
Your top 5 of 2011 list is up to you. What would you like to be, do and have more of in your top 5 for the second half of the year?
“All transformation begins with the courage to explore and examine those beliefs that do not support us. We can then reinterpret how we see ourselves, others, and the world from a new perspective marked by compassion, understanding, and hope. ” [Dr. Joe Rubino)
We’re now one month into the New Year. How are you coming along with your intentions to tweak the areas of your life where you would like to see transformations? If you’re feeling the need to refresh your inspiration or motivation, you might start by taking a look at the following areas …
What beliefs will you let go in order to fully support your deepest aspirations? And remember, you can begin by integrating compassion, understanding and hope into all aspects of your own life:
5) Recreation and Fun
6) Spiritual Development