“You cannot outrun your fork.”
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Over the first two weeks of September, Wendy and I had a bucket list adventure with friends. This included visiting Greece, and a 10-day cruise titled “Extreme Israel.”
On most days we walked, hiked, and even climbed around ancient sites and got in plenty of steps.
Upon arriving back on the ship, we were treated to top-notch cuisine provided by the Azamara Cruise Line staff. As you might guess, our forks more than made up for our extreme daily effort, resulting in a few extra pounds and some tighter-fitting clothing!
How can you more fully optimize the balance of your nutritional and exercising efforts to improve your health and remain active for many adventurous years to come?
“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”
—Maya Angelou, 21st Century American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist
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During our visit to Israel, Wendy and I had the profound experience of visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.
Unrelenting pain and deep sadness cannot fully express this dark period in human history.
This museum and the tragic story and inhumanity it conveys cannot be unlived. It is a brilliant and courageous reminder for all mankind of the importance of a “never again” stance against some global behaviors.
What are some of the big and small lessons that are part of your personal and professional history?
In what ways have these experiences provided you the courage to never travel these paths again?
“What is the cost of getting it wrong? What are the payoffs of getting it right?”
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Are you a fan of Bill Gates? If you are—and even if you aren’t—please consider watching the new Netflix docu-series Inside Bill’s Brain. Among the many twists and turns in his personal and professional life is a unifying fact. Bill is a highly intelligent, life-long learner who wants to continue to make a positive difference with his life and the foundation he runs with his wife Melinda.
Highlighted in this series are his initiatives to eradicate polio, improve sewage conditions in developing countries, and the development of a cleaner, safer form of nuclear power.
Despite many challenges and setbacks faced on such monumental projects, he is clearly focused on the global payoffs of getting it right.
What is one significant project you have yet to start due to the fear of getting it wrong? What would be the payoff of getting it right?
“Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.”
—Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States
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Thomas Jefferson was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, and Founding Father who served as the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809. He was the principle author of the Declaration of Independence and a significant proponent of democracy, republicanism, and individual rights.
Today’s quote points to the importance of personal character, honesty, and integrity in holding each other to the highest standards of personal conduct.
What might Jefferson think about our world today, where, for all intents and purposes, the world really is watching our every move?
How pleased and proud are you regarding your personal and professional conduct? Where is there room for higher standards you wish to live by and show the world?
“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.”
—Richard Bach, American 1970s Author
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During a recent trip out of the country for two weeks, my wife Wendy and I had very limited contact with our family. We did, however, travel with two good friends and a little over 700 other shipmates to explore Greece and Israel.
In addition to our fellow passengers, we were served and supported by over 400 staff and crew from over 40 countries.
To our delight and joy, we both experienced a new level of friendship and a genuine sense of a global family.
Where and how can you experience far greater respect and joy within your extended communities beyond your immediate family? What would be the value and impact of this expanded family bond in your life?
“The future has already arrived. It’s just not evenly distributed yet.”
—William Gibson, American/Canadian speculative fiction writer
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In his book, BOLD, Peter Diamonadis shares many interesting aspects of our global community, including a variety of new technologies creating exponential changes in our world.
His Six D’s of Exponential Organizations, detailed HERE are:
The Six D’s help us look at technologies and perhaps why they can lead to both upheaval and opportunity.
Consider picking up a copy of Peter’s book to increase your own awareness of the future that has already arrived. See where and how you can participate in the distribution process, to better your personal world and the world in general.
“There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”
—Morpheus, portrayed by Lawrence Fishburne in The Matrix
Image of Morpheus from Wikipedia
Morpheus was the Greek god of dreams. The Greek work “morphe” translates to “form” in English. Morpheus is, according to legend, the god who shapes and forms our dreams.
Although most people dream, for some reason many of us seem to forget them, including the insights they may provide, when we wake.
One strategy to consider is to keep a notepad near your bedside to fully capture the ideas and insights you wish to act upon.
What insight, dream, or priority matters are you still “in the think” about? When will you begin taking action to walk the path to realize your dream?
“We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.”
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The world recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of man’s landing on the moon.
It is interesting to note that many of the first pioneers into space pointed to the fragility of the earth and how vital it is for all of us to be better stewards of our precious planet.
We are so often enthralled by the big picture that we can fail to pay attention to what is right before us, as today’s quote implies.
Did you know that the human eye is so sensitive that if you were standing on a mountain top on a dark night, you could see a candle flame flickering up to 30 miles away? The height of the mountain would remove the impact of the earth’s curvature.
We can also sense the light from the Andromeda Galaxy, composed of about a trillion stars and located an amazing 2.6 million light-years from Earth.
Yet how often do we not see what is right in front of us?
Regardless of how far you can see, what are some of your top personal, professional, and even global priorities that need your best efforts?