Social Impact Podcast
I want to share with you a 20-minute interview I just finished for The Impactors Podcast. The subject is finding and using your best skills to help make a better world for you and for others. I hope you find it of interest.
A What If Dreamer
The Power of Gratitude
Some years ago, Deepak Chopra, introduced me to some thoughts that are guaranteed to pick you up and out of the doldrums—especially helpful now during the challenges of this pandemic. Deepak discusses these ideas in his 21-Day Meditation program on abundance. If you haven’t tried it, I recommend you do. It’s based on a concept I’ve discussed in my book, “Life Is Beautiful: 12 Universal Rules”—It’s impossible not to feel happy and fulfilled when experiencing a sense of gratitude. The more intense your gratitude, the more intense your positive feelings.
Purpose & Passion—With A Twist!
As someone who has experienced Life Purpose and Passion as a path to Happiness and Fulfillment, and observed it in the lives of others,, I’m always intrigued to see it unfold throughout the world—sometimes even “with a twist!” You may have read that two companies—Moderna in Cambridge, Massachusetts and BioNTech in Mainz, Germany—recently announced success in developing a vaccine against Covid-19 which is more than 90 percent effective. This has been incredible progress, although there is still quite some distance to go for massive production and distribution of these vaccines, globally. However, if that process goes as smoothly as the research, it may be here faster than we think.
In Greek mythology, three goddesses called the Fates determined at birth the length of time each person would spend on Earth. Life span was said to be directly proportional to the length of a thread spun by the Fates for each person born. As you’ll see below, advances in genetics suggest this mythological tale may be a good metaphor for the mechanism for longevity.
Famous American folk author, Mark Twain, was once sitting on the edge of the Mississippi River, fishing with his teenage nephew, Joshua. They often talked about life during their fishing outings. At one point, Twain turned to his nephew and said, “Josh, do you know what the two most important days in your life are?” Josh thought for awhile and said, “Well, I guess the first one has to be when you’re born.” “Excellent!” was Twain’s response. “What about the second one?”Josh thought again and said, “Gosh, Uncle Mark, I’m not sure. Maybe when you die?”
These are indeed challenging times. Let’s hope when it’s over and the “dust has settles,” we will have learned something that serves us well as we create our future. To support you in your efforts, I offer a gift to help you navigate towards that future. It’s a unique one-hour yoga video—Loving Yoga—created and produced at Chateau Mcely by my wife, Inez and our two favorite yoga instructors, Jana, and Lucie.
The Thread In Your Life
My wife, Inez, recently purchased and is reading an interesting book. Actually, I would say it’s much more than interesting. Entitled, “The Poetry Pharmacy,” it was written by William Sieghart, and published in 2019 by Penguin Random House. It’s a beautiful collection of famous poems, embraced and loved by the author, individually selected by him to provide hope, comfort, and inspiration for all of life’s most difficult moments.
10 Habits of Happy People
The Alchemist Within You
Paulo Coelho’s beautiful fable, The Alchemist, first published in English in 1993, provides valuable messages on The Meaning of Life and finding your Life Purpose. It’s written in such accessible and inspiring language that anyone can enjoy it. But most important, nearly every page contains a profound message on how to live a fulfilled and happy life. Below, I share some of these insights, followed by comments for your consideration. You might contemplate these messages to see if they resonate with your heart and soul—with your life.