What we do in life echoes in eternity
If anything in my life was to echo in eternity, I’d hope it would be through my kids.
Five years ago, I wrote a letter to my eldest daughter on her 18th birthday. It could have been written for any of our kids or anyone for that matter.
I thought her 18th was an opportunity to share some of the quotes that have echoed for me over the years. Some are direct quotes, others a combination of the wisdom of Baz Luhrmann & Mother Theresa, others my own take on life.
With her permission I’m sharing the letter.
Maybe there’ll be a whisper in here for you.
If I could offer you a tip for the future, meditation would be it
The long-term benefits of meditation have been proved by scientists
Whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable
Than my own meandering experience, I will dispense this advice now
It’s OK to have a comfort zone, just don’t stay there too long and certainly don’t live there
Pay attention to your intention because it communicates far more than you think
Your actions echo in eternity, you’ll never quite know who or where your influence will start or end
Cherish your home and family – the only place you don’t have to deserve to be, talk to Mum and I, play with your brother and sister, always – you never know when they’ll be gone
If you argue with reality, you’ll be wrong…but only 100% of the time so love what is and if you can’t accept what is do everything you can to change it for next time
Never settle for being mediocre but never ever pursue perfection. Instead be the best you can be at whatever you choose – you don’t have to be ill to get better
Choose your attitude
People will come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime…be kind to them all for they’re just learning too – and if you pay attention, they could teach you something about yourself that no one else could
Lifetime friends know that you can both grow separately without growing apart
To borrow the words of Mohammed Ali - The hard work is done long before you dance under the lights – study your craft, be a student of your chosen game
When someone offers you a great opportunity, but you’re not sure-say yes and learn how to do it later
Once a month do something for the first time
Vicious rumours about you will either come from someone who can’t have you or someone who can never compete
Go all in with some things but dip your toe in others – you’ll have to decide which
It’s hard to be yourself in a world that wants you to be someone different - be yourself anyway
Don’t have a Plan B, it allows for a reason or an excuse if you don’t quite make Plan A because if you stick at Plan A long enough, you’ll make progress
Never let the attention or lack of attention from your love interest determine how you feel about yourself – the extent to which you love and accept yourself is in direct correlation to the extent to which others will love and accept you…and if you are loved and accepted you will be truly wealthy
Never use the F word –FEAR and especially not the C word – CAN’T
People are illogical, irrational, unreasonable, and self-centred - Love them anyway
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable - Be honest and frank anyway
Give the world the best you have, and you'll get kicked in the teeth - Give the world the best you have anyway.
Know where you’re going and what you want but be happy to be lost in something and surprised by where it takes you
Boiling water hardens an egg but softens a potato - the same circumstances, it’s what your made of that counts
I’m the one between impossible and possible
Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want
Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly
Doubt your insecurities
Remember the 4 F’s – friends family fun and freedom - do everything you can to protect them all
Learn how to be happy and grateful with what you have while you pursue all that you dream of
It’s OK to feel bad, just don’t live there for too long
Be healthy but remember there’s more to life than preventing death
Do things regularly that scare you
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be
Your best teacher might come disguised as something you don’t like - seek the lesson anyway
And finally, trust…yourself, your family, the universe… and the meditation
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