"THE UNEXAMINED LIFE IS NOT WORTH LIVING" ~SOCRATES
The Question of the day is - how well have you done on holding-up your 2013 New Year Resolutions?
In all truthfulness, I am not a big New Year Resolution kind of guy. This may seem surprising to you, especially from a person so dedicated to living his OneGR8Life, so let me explain...
It is not that I am against
goal setting or more strongly, against
Ambitious goal setting. To the contrary, we
should all be driving towards something! And, with
only one life to live, we should drive Ambitiously.
To help frame this, it is significant to remember that
this is it folks... This is your OneGR8Life - there is
no dress rehearsal here...
One performance and it is Live.
So why no New Years Resolutions? After all, the beauty
of life stems from the resolution that we Can - Be, Do
or Have, Anything that we Desire. No New Year
Resolutions is just a personal choice, for me. I wake-up
everyday, I am filled with gratitude that I am able to
wake rested; I slide my foot under the covers to feel
that my loving wife is still laying next to me, I throw
back the covers and I start charging. For me, I choose
to see everyday as a start to a New Year. If you take
a look around, there you will see many who share this
My wife, Janice and I, really enjoyed our 2012 holiday; a
16-day self-guided tour starting in Paris - headed south
into Italy - and back out through Paris. Along the way, I
was fortunate enough to run-across some amazing
individuals... living some pretty amazing (and ambitious)
Live Performances. And they did not wait for the changing
of a calendar to get started...
Most memorable was my airport shuttle driver, Samuel.
Samuel woke-up one morning and decided the time had
come - it was time for him to leave everything he had
and everyone he loved. He had enough of a war torn life
in Ethiopia. He decided on that day, that he would change
his dedication and direction. He could only think of one place
to turn, America! He shared with me the fire that continues
to burn within him; the fire that freedom brings!
Easy? I never heard this word cross Samuel's lips in
the 50-minute conversation that we shared. After 15 years
of an uncertain life change, I did hear Grateful, Dedicated,
Thankful and Loving. Loving? Yes! Samuel shared with me
a story of how one day as he was walking into a grocery
store near his home and he kept hearing some person
shouting out his name. As the voice got closer, he turned
to see a boyhood friend from his Ethiopian village.
Samuel said at that moment he was filled with more
love than he could hold! Thousands of miles from home,
millions and millions of people between him and his
village, he would run into a boyhood friend. The two
men remain in constant contact, encouraging each other
to believe that they CAN - that they Can do the things
that they WILL to do.
Today begins your New Year! I encourage you to rise every
morning with an attitude of NEW.
Take the time to live the 'Examined' life. Think about the
things that mean the most to you - celebrate them. Imagine
the life that you dream to live - memorize this. Remain
in resolve to attain your dream life! Renew your pursuit
with the start of each new day as if, there was no
tomorrow. This is your OneGR8Life - there is no dress
rehearsal. One performance and it is Live.
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