Back at it, after a break to take in the Winter Olympics. How amazing are these athletes today? Seriously, how many revolutions in the air can one snowboarder possibly achieve? Incredible ability that defies logic. Kudos to all of those athletes who have spent hours training for their specific event. Despite all of the attention paid to the medal winners, everyone who competes is a winner. Congratulations to our team Canada Men’s and Women’s hockey teams who won gold medals. There is no doubt they are living in the moment and making every day count.
“The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive” – Thich Nhat Hanh
I am by no means a philosophical person. I am however in favour of feeling truly alive.
Retirement has brought me great joy. A time to reflect, a time to meet new people but most of all, it has made me realize that I don’t want to grow old without learning more and giving something back.
To Learn and to Serve
The more I read the 4 – Hour Workweek book by Tim Ferriss, the more inspired I get about making every day count. In fact, I think I found the nugget that can be my mantra for the rest of my life. I really, really want “to learn and to serve”.
For example, here are some of the points that really hit home with me from the Tim Ferriss book – Let’s face it, we could spend our whole lives learning something new and we should. Learning to eliminate clutter and waste. Learning to be more effective. Learning to feel good about ourselves. Learning to get rid of doubts and worry. Learning to use our time wisely without the need to see a million things just the really important ones. Learning to share that wisdom gained over the years and to serve others. Serving is doing something that improves life besides our own.
I love learning about blogging, entrepreneurship, webinars, podcasting, mastermind groups, Facebook advertising, membership sites and this whole world of internet marketing and digital products. The bottom line, I need and I want to help my son grow his entrepreneurial business. This is one way I can give back. This is what makes me happy!
An interesting quote about learning from our children caught my eye.
“Adults are always asking their kids what they want to be when they grow up because they are looking for ideas” – Paula Poundstone
Besides, we need to be nice to our kids because they are the ones who will be picking out our nursing homes.
A few days ago I met this incredible couple from England. They have their own web site www.lizzybus.com. Their goal is to travel with their Land Rover, aka lizzybus, over all 7 continents. Granted they need to transport their Land Rover by ship where required, but how amazing is that. They have traveled through some rough countries and they have a sticker flag for every country they have visited pasted onto their Land Rover. Talk about making every day count!
Today, I learned how to incorporate a new company for my son’s growing entrepreneurial business. Tomorrow, I plan to walk on the green earth in an enjoyable game of golf. I too want to make every day count, in my own way, with an opportunity to learn and to serve while enjoying each day as another day in paradise.
How will you learn something new? What would really excite and inspire you? Who will you reach out to help? Make it count!