Week 22 with MKMMA

The following quote has been attributed to many sources. 

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

This is one of those “easy to say, not so easy to do” kind of things.

I feel that one interpretation could mean that in order to find our bliss, we need to find out what we excel in, work at developing it, then give it away.

The hard part is the self discovery, finding out what that one thing about us as individuals is unique. Whether that is being a teacher, a tradesman, a salesman, or whatever our calling. We each have our own gift, finding it or even just realizing it can be difficult, sadly some it appears, never find it. Never stepping outside of their comfort zone.

Finding our gift is only the first step, perfecting it and giving it away can be difficult as well. 

Some people are just not ready to receive our gift, they may have trust issues and will be suspicious and do not understand the concept of giving without expectation of reciprocity. They have not yet learned how to control their emotions. 

However, we understand the principle of being of service to others can be our pathway to finding our bliss.

Peace and Aloha, Steve

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Week 21 with MKMMA

This week we were enlightened to a quote that has been attributed to Albert Einstein. When I looked on the internet for the pertinent information about this quote, I found out that Einstein may not be the one who is responsible for it.

The quote in question is “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

However, as I choose to be happy, I don’t care who said it, I love it. For when we look around us, we see the miracles of nature everywhere. All the vegetation is pre-destined to grow into what is encoded into it’s genes. It gathers what it needs to fulfill it’s destiny, pulling from the Earth it’s life’s essence. Generation after generation, Ad Infinitum.

All the animal Kingdom, (as the vegetation does), also sets upon it’s pre-ordained task to become what it’s genomes have put forth. 

All this is built upon the smallest known building blocks the Atom. As far as we know all atoms have a neutron at it’s center and a valence of electrons, and a whole lot of empty space in between.

Referring back to “everything is a miracle” , it’s staggering to contemplate that everything, reduced to this level, has a connection the Universal, and doing exactly what it needs to do, exactly when it needs to do it. To follow the path it was programed to do, using it’s innate intelligence, by gathering unto itself everything it needs to become what has been destined.

So yes, knowing all this I choose to believe “Everything is a Miracle”, and I choose to be happy.

Peace and Aloha, Steve

Week 20 with MKMMA

In the Greatest Salesman we learn to “live each day as if it is our last”We further read Today I shall fondle my children while they are young; tomorrow they will be gone, and so will I. Today I shall embrace my woman with sweet kisses; tomorrow she will be gone, and so will I”.

I have been reading these words, and inherently knew their value. But the meaning was really driven home when my wife recently called to tell me that she had been in a car accident. 

She had just picked up our granddaughter from her first grade class, and was driving to pick up our grandson from preschool. A tourist on a motorcycle realized he was on the wrong road and decided to make a quick, illegal U-turn over a double yellow line on a busy road. The car in front of my wife quickly slammed on his brakes to avoid hitting the motorcycle. My wife did not see the illegal action taken by the motorcyclist and rear ended the car in front of her, hard enough to total our car.

My wife was quite upset, thinking I would be angry about the damage to the car. Of course instead of being angry, I was happy to know she was okay, banged up but alright; and the granddaughter was safe and sound. Our trusty old car had done an admirable job of keeping them safe. It will be missed, but can be replaced, after all, it is just an object.

 Today I grateful my family is safe. And I will embrace both of them with kisses and shower them with love.

Peace and Aloha, Steve

Week 19 with MKMMA

In Og Mandino’s Scroll V we read, “I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes, yesterday’s defeats, yesterday’s aches of the heart, for why should I throw good after bad?” And also, “Yesterday is buried forever and I will think of it no more.”

I have given this a great amount of thought, and I believe I have lived my life true to these words. 

However, I have a sister that has not. About 48 years ago, she and another sister were in a terrible accident. One perished, but the one that survived could never move on. The impact of this has devastated her life.

If only she could have understood that this one “ache of the heart” should not have defined her, maybe she would have had a better life.

I only tell this story to show how precious our time is, and the wisdom of moving on, letting go of our yesterdays, so we can live in the moment and not  destroy the last pages of our lives.

I do feel we should let the yesterdays go, but keep the lessons, so we won’t have to learn them again.

I’ll close with the words of Jesse Winchester, “Life is just too short for some folks, For other folks it just drags on.”

Peace and Aloha, Steve