My gift to you on this special day is a simple yet powerful reminder of appreciation and gratitude. Life isn't a problem to be solved, it's an experience to be had. Just don't act as if you have a thousand years to live. Death isn't far from all of us, so do what you can, while you can. And today is a powerful and profound day to examine and celebrate that.
'The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.'
~ Mark Twain (AV: Living in your values)
I hope you take time to celebrate and connect with the people who love and care for you. I wanted to share this song, to remind you, "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience." from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's book The Phenomenon of Man.
(If not, this may be more fitting: "It's my birthday and I can cry if I want to")
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (AV: Living a values aligned life)
It's important to remember it's impossible not to live in your values. Every decision you've made and make has given you a perceived advantage, that's why you've experienced it. So I hope you take a moment to appreciate the past with its inspirations & challenges (+/-) to reflect on what you've built, experienced, learned, shared and accomplished so far in your journey.
Emerson also said it beautifully, "Envy is ignorance, imitation is suicide." Comparing yourself and trying to imitate someone else life, journey and style, will kill your originality and you'll develop a lack of appreciation and certainty in your own genius (Unique abilities/ Values/ Priorities). The wise appreciate things in order for them to appreciate in value. That's the power of gratitude.
Life has never been about the destination, that's why it ensures you have all the experiences so that you may fall in love with the journey, as love is an eternal pursuit, seeing the unseen within all this transformation in this cosmic dance (+/-). Think and reflect on all the things worth having, they likely haven't come easy. The memories that bring you joy, are also the ones that have caused you great pain, that's love (+/-). Don't wait for the storms to pass, learn to dance in the rain. Embrace each experience (+/-) and reach for the new ones that will expand your vision.
"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it."
- Steve Jobs (AV: Doing values-aligned work)
My wish for you is to keep expressing your uniqueness, and attaining influence and wealth so you can have greater certainty and impact to serve those looking for the solutions you have.
In love & gratitude for being you,
Dedicated to helping you maximize your human potential and create value-aligned life & business.
I love how Albert Einstein said, "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." Enjoy the day, it's yours to live.