There are days and times in our lives that an opportunity seems to be just around the corner.
How many times, out of fear of failure, did you and I miss an opportunity for a great new career move, personal growth or a relationship.
“Learn from taking a peak around the corner of lifes’ opportunities”
Just around the corner is not a guarantee that it’s all going to be hunky dory….. sometimes, just around the corner turns out to be scary. Those are the times when we learn how to deal with various obstacles which prepare us for the next corner. Each corner that we take prepares us to better deal with the next one and the corner after that.
It’s just around the corner….if you don’t look, you will never know what’s around the bend.
Keep being curious!
Here we go again…..
In July it will be 4 years since I first wrote about my hip replacement experience. During this time I am very happy to say that my right hip is performing flawlessly. I am so glad I did not wait even longer to get it replaced with a titanium hip.
Now it’s time for the left one to be replaced. Apparently I was born with hip dysplasia plus giving birth to two children, my hips have deteriorated faster then someone who was born with healthy hips.
Since we are no longer living in Hawaii and it’s not wise to go back to have Dr. Nakasone perform this one too, I had to search for the right doctor for my left hip. Not everyone in CA does the less evasive, anterior approach to hip replacement surgery. Therefore, I had to interview 3 different surgeons and in the end I chose the one that Dr. Nakasone recommended, Dr. Hartford from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
Now it’s time for me to take his Preoperative Total Joint Class prior to starting the preparation process, prior to the surgery. I have gone through all of this already but after 4 years it is good to do it again and hear Dr. Hartfords methods.
Now, I’m off to the class….
Yea, some of us bristle when we just hear the word “training”. To us as adults it represents hrs in meeting rooms trying to learn something new. For others it is endless hrs at the gym training for who knows what. For others it is a systematic change of attitude, life style, outlook at oneself or life etc…
Trining is important and necessary throughout our lives. We start with training when we are born, and it doesn’t end. It shouldn’t end.
“Training builds character”
When I was at our local Japanese Garden, Hakone I met and talked to one of their groundskeepers. He has been working there for over 20 yrs tending to all of the trees. He hand trims them each, no matter how small or young or how tall or old they are. His job is to train the tree to grow outward. Besides his careful trimming of needles that are not growing in the right direction, he uses a bamboo stick to train the branches to grow outward, moving the sticks to different areas once that particular branch has learned to grow outward. (notice the red error pointing to the bamboo stick) This tree has been going through training all of it’s life.
That is the same with us humans…. our training keeps getting adjusted for ultimate growth. We continue looking outward and stretching our arms out to help one another grow. If we don’t…..we will just keep growing straight up only thinking of ourselves. Keep training!
Which way are you going?
We are all moving either upward or downward.
“The road upward can be steep and gloomy, but the views are spectacular”
- Going down is giving up on what you wanted to accomplish.
- Going up is moving towards your goal.
Keep moving up because the top is a mark of an accomplishment…and then, building on this accomplishment, you will have another goal creating a movement up. Develop your character, your goals, your ideals and your views. Keep moving up.
…..I want to write a children’s book
….I want to write a novel based on my life
….I want to bake cookies with my GBG
When I walk for exercise I listen to a podcast. I have a number of podcasts downloaded on my iPhone, because I also listen to blogs while I do my paper flower artwork.
As I was walking Pua this morning I was listening to NPR the TED Radio Hour podcast. The topic for this podcast was “Rethinking Death” featuring Candy Chang the artist. She is a large-scale participatory mural artist, known for, among other projects, Before I Die…. board.
This got me thinking about what I would like to do before I die. At first I couldn’t think of anything…..
- my life must be complete then
- what more do I want to do
- is there nothing left for me to do
- am I done???
As I continued listening to this inspiring podcast, many thoughts started to swirl through my mind. All the swirling going on started me thinking about what all I have already done. Just because I’m no longer working for the big corporation or teaching music, does not mean I have to stop living.
My mind started to go places and the swirling thinking became more tame and clear. From thinking of so many things I wanted to do that I would need to live a couple of more lives to get it all done….to I needed to focus on one thing for now.
If you chose just one thing that you want to do before you die, does that mean once you get that one thing done you can then die? Or does that mean, you set another goal for yourself?
I would like to think that I set one goal at a time and see how many life achieving goals I can complete before I am done here.
Life is not about death….
Life is about living…..set your sights on LIFE!
What do you want to do before you die?
“Be Good To Yourself”