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Reaper 1miWisdom today… “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” James Dean was no doubt onto something very special indeed when he said this now famous quote.  However, how many of us can truly say that we live with this type of awareness and understanding?

Children Dream as if they were to Live Forever

When we are children we tend to “Dream as if we’ll live forever”. I child has no boundaries and in many ways they haven’t as yet developed a strong concept of reality, life or death. All they know is that they live, and that because of this fact, anything is possible. And so they dream, yes they dream as if they were to live forever; and this is indeed what brings much happiness and joy into their daily existence. They have a deep seated understanding that life is meant to be lived as a dream on a deeply profound level. They understand that life is meant to be filled with passion, with enthusiasm, with creativity and with a spiritual abundance that all dreams can and will come to fruition. Yes kids are quite ignorant of reality, aren’t they?

The Dream Reapers will Cut Dreams Away

The world is a dangerous place, and the moment you begin to dream, you can be certain that someone will be there to set you right back in your place. Yes, the world is full of Dream Reapers who will take your dreams away from you if you give them half a chance. That kids don’t understand this, is not their fault. They are simply unaware of the Dream Reapers that hide around every corner waiting to sabotage their deepest passions. The most frightening thing is that the Dream Reapers are US! Yes, that’s right, WE unknowingly harm the younger generations by helping them to become realists and pessimists. We also show our support by helping them to think practically about their dreams, goals, visions and passions.

I’m afraid to say that many dreams are not and have not been practical, and yet they are being brought forth into our reality by someone each and every day.

Bringing the Impossible Dream into Physical Reality

  • Didn’t a high school teacher inform Einstein that he had a learning disability? If Einstein had taken this to heart, what on earth would he have achieved?
  • Didn’t Sylvester Stallone get rejected by dozens of managers who told him that he couldn’t act? Did he let this stop him from achieving his dreams?
  • Didn’t Kernel Sanders receive over 1,000 No’s before receiving a single Yes for his homemade chicken recipe? His persistence resulted in KFC.
  • Didn’t Thomas Edison receive criticism for his ongoing efforts in the development of the light-bulb? If he had listened to them, would you be enjoying light today?

Examples are abound, yet the most important lesson that can be learned from all the above cases is that we should never doubt another person’s dreams, especially when it comes to children. On top of this we should never doubt or deny our own dreams. Only you, that’s right only you have the right to say whether or not you can bring your dreams into reality. So start thinking like a kid and “Dream as if you’ll live forever”.

As a side note, Kernel Sanders only began his journey towards his dreams as a senior citizen. I suppose he thought he would live forever?

If you smiled a little at the last statement, that’s fine. However, I was reading an article not too long ago in a science journal that brought to light a number of scientific studies that are on the frontier of breaking boundaries in terms of human longevity. It was predicted that within the next 25 to 50 years the average human lifespan would be extended to well over 100 years in 1st world countries. The 50 years that followed, would see human life extended to over 300. After that science predicts that a few more breakthroughs in unlocking the genetic code may extend human life indefinitely.

I hope that this awareness can open your mind that “forever” is a lot closer than you might imagine.

Live as if you’ll die today

It seems that the older we get, the more profoundly we begin to live by this statement. The only difference is, is that for most people they also live with the thought  of regret that keeps buzzing around their head like an annoying fly that just won’t go away. Yes, that Buzz of regret is difficult to swallow, isn’t it? However, it is ironic to think that the only reason we have regrets in the first place is because we DON’T live as if we’ll die today our entire lifetimes. We only seem to work it out when it’s too late to do the things that would make life really worth living.

By “living as if you’ll die today” doesn’t mean crying and feeling sorry for yourself, it rather means going out into the world, doing the things you have been delaying, saying the things you haven’t been saying, and experiencing the life you haven’t been living. I suppose that this is the formula for swatting away that annoying Buzz that tends to build up over a lifetime of regrets.

So don’t wait another moment, and “Dream as if you’ll live forever, while living as if you’ll die today”.

Transformational Questions

To keep you on track with this way of thinking, you might find it helpful to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What dreams did I have as a child that the Dream Reapers took away? How can I reignite these dreams and passions once again?
  • Based on the scientific research, if I was to actually live forever, what dreams would I start to pursue today, this week, next month, next year?
  • What small dream could I pursue today that I could bring to fruition in very quick succession?
  • If I was to die later today, what would I do now that would bring me great joy and pleasure in the moment?
  • If I was to die later today, what would I say to the ones I love about my feelings towards them?
  • How would my life change from this moment on if “I dreamed as if I’d live forever, and lived as if I’d die today”?

If you have a similar learning experience or would like to add to the list of questions, you may do so by commenting below.

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miWisdom today… When people become obsessed with something to the extent that it overwhelms them emotionally, they naturally become disillusioned by their circumstances. This naturally effects the person’s decision making process to the extent that they are simply unable to comprehend the validity of their decisions in the moment. They are simply unable to logically understand the consequences of their decisions towards themselves, others and the world around them.

Acting only through emotion can lead to much anguish and disappointment in life. Our emotions can either make things appear light or dark, good or bad, right or wrong, yet they are only a perspective that we hold in the moment, a perspective that was influenced by something internal or external in our environment. If we fail to see our emotions for what they really are, than we will simply fail to make sense of the possible consequences of the decisions we are about to make.

It is important to note that our emotions are not our feelings. They are simply representations of one of many possible realities based on the array of emotions we experience at any time.

The next time you are feeling overwhelmed by your emotions for better or worse, you may find it helpful to ask yourself the following questions before making any hurried decisions:

  • Based on my current emotional state, what decision am I about to make?
  • Is this how reality is, or is it just a representation of the emotions I am experiencing at this very moment?
  • If I was to experience a contradictory emotion opposite to what I feel at the moment, how would I interpret this situation differently? Would I make a different decision?
  • Do I have the entire picture of the situation, or do my emotions filter out logical evidence to the contrary?
  • If I was to logically think about this situation from an outsiders perspective, what would I see? How would I interpret the people, circumstances and events?
  • What are the potential short and long-term consequences of the decision I am about to make?
  • What impact could this decision have on myself, others and the world around me?
  • The decision I am about to make may feel good, however is it in actuality good for me, and does it serve the greater good of all?
  • Does my original decision make sense given what I now know, or is there a better alternative?

If you have a similar learning experience or would like to add to the list of questions, you may do so by commenting below.

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miWisdom today… Sometimes the most obvious choice to make isn’t always the best option to take.

We are all very impulsive creatures. As such, we take many actions throughout our lives that have less than desirable outcomes. What appears to be the right thing to do in the moment may only appear to be so on the surface.

Think twice before making any impulsive decisions, especially if they involve those who are closest to you.

Our emotions are the ones that lead us astray in moments like these because they shape our reality with many shades of colours and perspectives, therefore making things appear to be somewhat different than what they really are. Yes, emotions are a wondrous yet dangerous experience, especially when it comes to our impulsive decisions which are purely based on the emotions we are feeling in the moment.

Next time you feel as though you are about to make an impulsive decision that just seems like the most obvious choice to make; step back, hold off for a moment, remove your emotions, and simply look back at the situation with unbiased clear eyes…

  • Is this a well thought through decision, or am I just being impulsive?
  • If all my emotions were to be removed from this situation, what is the best decision I could make?
  • If I was looking in on this situation from an outsider’s perspective, what would I see and what would be the most suitable decision given my circumstances?
  • If I was to look forward 1 week, 1 month, 1 year into the future and look back on this decision, would I be satisfied with the resulting outcomes, or is there a question-mark that my emotions are hiding from me?

If you have a similar learning experience or would like to add to the list of questions, you may do so by commenting below.

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miWisdom today… It is not usually the decisions or actions that people regret taking but rather the results of their actions and how these outcomes have impacted the people, events and circumstances of their lives.

On a deeper level of understanding you will find that people wholeheartedly support the decisions that they make and actions that they take. If the outcomes are satisfactory and to their liking they will feel secure in their decision and action making process. On the other hand, if their outcomes contradict what they expected, they will regret their decisions and actions. Yet it is not their decisions and actions that they are in actuality regretting but rather the outcomes of these decisions and actions.

  • What are all the possible consequences or outcomes of this decision that I am about to make?
  • How could my decision impact other people both directly and indirectly? What potential consequences could result?
  • How could my decision impact my life and circumstances? What potential consequences could result?
  • Is it the right time and place to make this decision or take this action, or will there be a better time in the future where the possible consequences are more in my favour?
  • Do I wholeheartedly support this decision and action no matter what consequences or outcomes may result? If so, than this is probably the right decision to make at this time?

If you have a similar learning experience or would like to add to the list of questions, you may do so by commenting below.

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miWisdom today… People’s superstitions almost always come back to haunt them. Superstitions literally constrict people’s lives and trap them in a prison of their own making affecting not only them but also the lives of those closest to their heart.

  • What current superstitions influence my daily decisions and actions?
  • Are these superstitions real or imagined? If they are real, why do I believe that?
  • How did these superstitions come into my life?
  • How are these superstitions constricting my life, decisions and actions?
  • How are these superstitions affecting others?
  • If I didn’t hold onto these superstitions, how different would my life be?
  • Whom could I speak to, what could I read or watch that would allow me to overcome these superstitions?

If you have a similar learning experience or would like to add to the list of questions, you may do so by commenting below.

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miWisdom today… It was actually the small decisions, those that you didn’t really reflect upon, those that seemed insignificant at the time, those that you felt had very little meaning… Yes it was those small decisions that you made a long, long time ago that are manifesting in your life today.

  • In what way have the small decisions of my past impacted my life today in both a positive and negative way?
  • In what ways can I learn from my past decisions?
  • What small and seemingly insignificant decisions have I made today?
  • What possible consequences could these decisions have on my future in unexpected ways?

If you have a similar learning experience or would like to add to the list of questions, you may do so by commenting below.

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miWisdom today… It is very difficult to predict the consequences your decisions and actions will have on all those around you despite your most humble of intentions. This is known as the Pebble Effect. Some people’s lives will be touched for the better, while others lives may be thrown into turmoil.

  • Despite my best intentions, how could this decision or action effect those closest to me?
  • Knowing what I now know, is it still worth making this decision or taking this action?
  • Can I alter my decisions or actions in a way that will minimise any negative consequences?

If you have a similar learning experience or would like to add to the list of questions, you may do so by commenting below.

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