Archives for March 2012

The Two Most Important Days

Mark Twain on finding your why

Mark Twain on finding your why

You may never have heard of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910) but he is better known by his pen name Mark Twain.

He was an American author and humorist. He is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885),the latter often called “the Great American Novel.”

He is also held in high regard for his many profound quotes and observations on life.

Twain was born during a visit by Halley’s Comet, and he predicted that he would “go out with it” as well. He died the day following the comet’s subsequent return.

Tony at Abu Simbel, Egypt

Tony at Abu Simbel, Egypt

 

 

I find it interesting to reference this attached quote to an Egyptian tomb that I visited at Abu Symbel.

The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh, and to intimidate his Nubian neighbors. However, the complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir.

The relocation of the temples was necessary to avoid their being submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser, the massive artificial water reservoir formed after the building of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile River. Abu Simbel remains one of Egypt’s top tourist attractions.

What is particularly amazing is that they constructed this tomb with hand tools, yet they angled the floor upwards and the ceiling downwards towards the back of the temple. On the back wall of the inner chamber they drew the four Gods, plus the Pharoah himself, the God on Earth.

They aligned it all so that twice each year a beam of sunlight goes through the front door, through the public chamber, through the High Priests’ chamber and into the Pharoah’s sanctum, illuminating the face of the Pharoah – once on the anniversary of his birth and once on the anniversary of his coronation.

Were those guys amazingly clever or what?

Perhaps those were the days when the Pharoah was born and the day he found out why?

Have you found your ‘why’ yet?

The Human Experience That Unites Us All

Fabrice-Muamba

A human reaction

There are moments in life when we glimpse the human spirit in its purest form.

One such moment occurred last weekend in an English Premier League football (soccer) match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers.

With no other player near him, a 23 year old man named Fabrice Muamba collapsed suddenly in the middle of the pitch.

The emergency response was rapid and it soon became apparent that the situation was serious – he suffered a cardiac arrest AKA a heart attack.

The reaction of the crowd and the players was what was most admirable. Everyone immediately put aside their sporting differences, their regional differences and their partisan passions to become united in hope – that this young man would simply make it through the experience.

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“…footballers – for all their wealth, for all the adulation lavished on them, for all their privilege – are simply human beings.
Human beings susceptible to the same slings and arrows of fortune as us. They’re not ­immune from tragedy.

Last night should have ­reminded us of that one ­terrible fact. Idolise them, criticise them, laud them, decry them.

But remember, they are the same as every man, woman and child that loves this beautiful game.”

Andy Dunn – Mirror Sport UK

Here is a report of what happened…

At times like these, we are reminded of our humanity – that deep down we all face our own human struggle for existence and that deep down, we have more in common than we often acknowledge.

Fabrice’s father was a political refugee from Zaire, so you can imagine his pride that his son would succeed in sport to the point of playing football for a top English team, as well as representing England as an Under-21 International.

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Fabrice Muamba

Imagine now the pain and fear of a father waiting to see if his son survives the day, as he lies critically ill in hospital.

From all of us in Australia, we send him best wishes, as we do for all around the world who are waiting on news of a critically-ill loved one.

Life is all too short so don’t waste it.

Do what you love and bring joy to others, just as Fabrice has brought joy to his family and his fans.

Fabrice has been living his dream and I hope he recovers and can continue to do so. Are you living your dream?

Empower Yourself or Be Overpowered

Dr John Demartini with Tony Inman

“Any area of your life you don’t empower, someone else will overpower you”. – Dr John Demartini

Dr Demartini is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on human behavior and personal development. He is the founder of the Demartini Institute, a private research and education organization with a curriculum of over 72 different courses covering multiple aspects of human development.

His trademarked methodologies, the Demartini Method and the Demartini Value Determination, are the culmination of 39 years of cross-disciplinary research and study. His work has been  incorporated into  human development industries across the world.

Dr Demartini travels 360 days a year to countries all over the globe,  sharing his research and findings in all markets and sectors. He is the author of 40 books published in 28 different languages. He has produced over 50 CDs and DVDs covering subjects such as development in relationships, wealth, education and business. Each program is designed to assist people to activate leadership and empower themselves in all seven areas of their lives: Financial, physical, mental, vocational, spiritual, family and social.

‘I caught up with him at the recent event in Perth, entitled ‘Business Breakthrough’. He thanked me for coming and complimented me on my tie! In just a few seconds he gave you the feeling that you were the most important person he had met that day. Now that is a gift to which we should all aspire. I told him that it was an honour to meet him.

If you ever get chance to attend one of his seminars, I highly recommend it.’

Tony Inman – ‘The Reinvention Specialist’

Check out Tony’s business site at www.clubred.com.au