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13 April, 2016
Ride the Wave of Life
motto is a short phrase that embraces the essence of one’s beliefs and
ideologies. Here are some that stand out for me:
We must become the change we
wish to see in the world. - Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi
Nothing can bring you peace
but yourself. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Seize the day (Carpe Diem) - ancient Roman (and Dead
Poets Society Robin Williams)
‘Two things define you: Your patience when you
have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.’
surprising part for me is how accurate the life motto actually is for me.Which makes me very curious about the smarts
around data analytics, how much we are showing and sharing of ourselves with
social media and how did my life motto actually emerge?
plethora of data and knowledge that is so easily available is mind
blowing.My 10 year old is accessing
information instantaneously about anything and everything.I observed my daughter messaging her cousin
yesterday and she used speech to text recognition technology to expedite her
communication. How much quicker can we
get in communicating our thoughts?Companies
like Oculus and Google are continuing to stretch what is possible in
communicating and connecting to one another.It won’t be long until we are communicating telepathically (no need for
spell checks).I am curious about how
this immediacy of information will impact our planet, is it making us smarter
or lazier?Will this help us save our
planet or destroy it quicker? What does this mean to how we are educating our
kids and creating intellectual property?
So if I go
back to my life motto – ‘Two things define you: Your patience when you have
nothing and your attitude when you have everything’ let’s go with the flow and
ride the wave of speedy knowledge and communication. Be open to it and see
where it can take us.
lowest times of my life I am patient. I put on the life vest and tread water
until the surf changes. When life has been at its highest I pause and am very
grateful for what I am experiencing. I throw off the life vest, dive deeply and
enjoy the moment and appreciate the present. Life is like the ocean the waves are glorious
and treacherous and the rhythm of life can be exhausting and spectacular – but not
at the same time.I have seen people,
teams, organisations ride this wave.The
fortunate ones have the courage to be open and humble the less fortunate drown
in the swells and can’t see above the water.
recent holiday in Noosa I marveled at the blue, powerful surf. The surfers of all ages were able to find wave
after wave after wave and smoothly glide through the water.It was beautiful to see how a human being
with little effort and ease harness the power of the ocean to create momentum
and energy.In business and in life we
need to at times just surrender to the flow of life and take courage to ride
the waves and achieve much with less effort.
your own life motto? What if you were more conscious of it?What would that mean for your own wellbeing
and success? You need rain and sunshine to make rainbows and in life you need
highs and lows to savor life.