Chapter 1 To Begin Again, Renewal
Author quotes from Chapter One
“Perhaps, you have never thought of life as a school. Yet the truly memorable life, one that is celebrated with love and admiration, always has a history rich in accomplishments and experiences. Most important, inherent within those experiences are valuable lessons that greatly enhance the quality of life. Pablo Casals, the great cellist, was asked why, at eighty-five of age, he continued to practice five hours a day. He replied, “Because I think I’m getting better.”
“Success begins the moment we understand that life is about growing; it is about acquiring the knowledge and skills we need to live more fully and effectively. Life is meant to be a never-ending education, and when this is fully appreciated, we are no longer survivors but adventurers. Life becomes a journey of discovery, an exploration into our potential. Any joy and exuberance we experience in living are the fruits of our willingness to risk, our openness to change, and our ability to create what we want for our lives.”
“If you have already risked much and lost much, it doesn’t matter. Mistakes don’t matter. Failure doesn’t matter. What matters is that you learned from your mistakes and failures. What matters is that you moved forward, you grew as result of those experiences. The mistake-riddled life is much is much richer, more interesting, and more stimulating than the life that has never risked or taken a stand on anything. Hal Prince, the famous Broadway producer, said, “Anyone who hasn’t had a failure is an amateur.”
“Inherent within the discoveries and experiences of your life is the wisdom upon which to build your future”
“I now understand that all human development is determined first and foremost by one’s thinking. Whether we are conscious of it, a personal philosophy of life, a way of seeing the world, a point of view, evolves over the years. We make decisions about who we are, what we believe, and what we are capable of. These decisions direct our actions and mold our behavior, the final product of which is the circumstances and conditions in which we find ourselves.”
“For any of us to be truly free—if we are to learn to soar in this changing world—we must first be willing to be responsible for our lives.”
A wonderful experience, in my life, is a monthly luncheon get-together with group of five with varying educational, work, and life experiences. We share work, play, and social related topics/stories that increase our appreciation, and understanding of each life experiences. Never-ending education doesn’t have to be formal; this lunch experience demonstrates the richness of relationships.
My life’s journey, filled with risk, mistakes, and failure also includes the richness of experiences, in the military, sales, business ownership, human resources, and volunteerism.