You died on a Saturday morning. And I had you placed here under our tree. And I had that house of your father's bulldozed to the ground. Momma always said dyin' was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn't. Little Forrest, he's doing just fine. About to start school again soon. I make his breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. I make sure he combs his hair and brushes his teeth every day. Teaching him how to play ping-pong. He's really good. We fish a lot. And every night, we read a book. He's so smart, Jenny. You'd be so proud of him. I am. He, uh, wrote a letter, and he says I can't read it. I'm not supposed to, so I'll just leave it here for you. Jenny, I don't know if Momma was right or if, if it's Lieutenant Dan. I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it's both. Maybe both is happening at the same time. I miss you, Jenny. If there's anything you need, I won't be far away.
Noisy world we live in. People talk loudly on cell phones. Ring tones can be heard all over "serene" restaurants. Most cars have radios on. Most homes have TVs on. I see women all over the country chatting on their Blackberry while eating, clubbing, working. Yesterday, a co-worker of mine was on the phone in the toilet!! Not good.
Each of us - I suggest to you - must find “pockets of peace”. Times for what is called “The 3 Ss”: Silence, Solitude and Stillness. At least, find some time (say 15 minutes a day) to be quiet. Think. Reflect. Be. That best practice will make you soooo much better at work, at home, with self.
Some practical strategies:
- When you are in your car/in a taxi, keep the radio off. Use that time to renew. To observe. To introspect.
- Take 15 minutes before you sleep to immerse yourself in peace. Just chill. Get comfortable with no noise. Get comfortable with yourself, a tip? focus on your breathing.
- Make your home a sanctuary. It's a wild world (jungle?) out there. Create a deeply peaceful home environment. Reduce clutter. Cut back on the noise.
- Take a daily vow of silence. This one isn't just for monks. It's for smart execs, entrepreneurs, businesspeople, you, me, anyone.
Big idea here: talking consumes a ton of energy. I can't believe how much some people talk. All day long. On their mobiles. At the water cooler. On the train home. Exhausting just watching them. Be silent for 15 minutes a day (at the very least). You'll have more energy. More peace. More joy. Better performance.
So chase - no, hunt peace down. Fight the noise. Get away from the maddening crowds - at least for a bit. You'll be glad you did.
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To live on in the minds and hearts of the generations who will follow you is to cheat death. To make such a difference through the way you lead and show up is to find immortality. To have a lasting impact on human lives-by being a great champion at work or a great parent at home or a great leader in your community-is to live forever.
“Impact” and “legacy” are the two key words here. Greatness comes by beginning something that doesn't end with you. So stop worrying about death. Care more about life. What you will create today? What contribution you will make today? What person will you celebrate today? What fear you will beat today? What act of kindness you will offer today? What social ill you will remedy today? What wrong will you right today?
To paraphrase Mel Gibson's character in Braveheart: “Every one of us will die. But so few of us really live."