“All great truths are simple in final analysis, and easily understood; if they are not, they are not great truths.” Napoleon Hill
1. Success is more than making money
2. Life is hard … and not always fair
3. Life is also fun … and incredibly funny
4. We live by Choice, not by chance
5. Attitude Is a Choice … the most important One you’ll ever make. Via Hal Urban’s Life’s Greatest Lessons: 20 Things That Matter
Happy Father’s Day and International Day of Yoga! I think both fit perfectly today, as we all need to think about ways to improve our health and family relationships on this very special occasion. To help us along, I picked up my copy of Hal Urban’s Life’s Greatest Lessons: 20 Things That Matter to share some words of wisdom with you. His book offers excellent insights on what truly matters when we think of Fatherhood, Parenthood, Health and Life. He wrote it in 1992, under a different title; 20 Things I Want My Kids to Know, as a special gift to his children (four sons). During a two year separation from his loved ones, Hal stayed in touch by writing weekly letters to his kids. He was committed to his plan and wrote the letters for two straight years. His effort paid off.
A few years later, Hal decided to create a book to capture the essence of his weekly letters. The response to his book was so great, it became a bestseller and a phenomenal success. Hal recognized the hunger people had for such grounded wisdom, so he tweaked the title and republished it again and again. The aphorisms in this inspiring book are a great gift to all of us who wish to form closer bonds with our loved ones. I have shared the 20 terrific pointers in block-quotes, above and below, and I hope the 20 Things That Matter will touch your heart as they did mine.
“By proclaiming 21 June as the International Day of Yoga, the General Assembly has recognized the holistic benefits of this timeless practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the United Nations.” Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
6. Habits are the key to all success
7. Being thankful is a habit … the best one you’ll ever have
8. Good people build their lives on a foundation of respect
9. Honesty is still the best policy
10. Kind words cost little but accomplish much
On December 11 2014, the United Nations recognized the universal appeal of Yoga and declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. This is the first year that we are celebrating Yoga, with the UN as an endorser, and its global appeal is not to be overlooked. While some have tried to dismiss Yoga as a religious practice, its holistic benefits can be and have been enjoyed by people from all walks of life. You can start a simple practice today and build on it; Yoga is not just the reserve of practitioners and pundits. For starters, take a moment to enjoy the 10 minutes Salutation to The Sun – Surya Namaskar sequences above. Adrienne is a gifted teacher who knows how to connect with people at all levels and abilities. If you’ve ever wanted a simple introduction to Hatha Yoga, try checking out her YouTube videos.
“Let us do our best to gather together with other devotees, friends and family and practice some yoga together for the sake of world peace and Mother Nature.” Amma
11. Real Motivation comes from within
12. Goals are dreams with deadlines
13. There’s no substitute for hard work
14. You have to give up something to get something
15. Successful people don’t find time … they make time
The Mata Amritanandamayi Centers (M.A. Centers) of North America are encouraging us to enjoy this auspicious day by trying some simple, easy-to-do movements. Amma has always been an influential figure in international peace efforts and her participation, as an advocate for the UN declaration on Yoga, was helpful to the creation of this great celebratory day. A few days ago, Amma said, “It is such a great step the United Nations has taken to acknowledge the value of the ancient practice of Yoga. Let us do our best to gather together with other devotees, friends, and family and practice some yoga together for the sake of world peace and Mother Nature.” She has also suggested we try to do something today: 12 minutes of singing/a chant, 7 minutes of Sun Salutation, 8 minutes of 4 simple yoga postures/asanas, 2 minutes of rest/Shavasana pose, a Nature walk with our children, a 10 minutes discussion on how body, mind, and nature are connected, and a conversation about how important it is to keep a focused mind in all we do. Give it a try or do your own variation on the same and enjoy the company of your loved ones on this special day. Happy Father’s Day & Happy International Yoga Day!
“Life is a succession of lessons that have to be lived to be understood.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
16. No one else can raise your self-esteem
17. The body needs nutrition and exercise … so do the mind and spirit
18. It’s okay to fail … everyone else has
19. Life is simpler when we know what’s essential
20. Essential #1 is being a good person. Via Hal Urban’s Life’s Greatest Lessons: 20 Things That Matter
As the saying by William Shakespeare goes, “It is a wise father that knows his own child.” We are all someone’s child, and the wisdom we receive from our guardians carry us into adult life. Even if our father figures were missing, we probably had others, including moms/caregivers, we turned to for wisdom. In the first chapter of Hal’s book: Life’s Greatest Lessons: 20 Things That Matter, he shares four reasons why he wrote the book: He said (1) We’re never too young or old to learn life lessons and the time is right now. (2) They don’t teach life’s essentials or how life works at school. (3) Most of us need help to discover how good we can be and (4) Old fashioned truth never goes out of style; even for Generation X in the millennial. I concur. There are basic truths to living a healthy and happy life, and these are universal truths that we can’t quibble over. On this day, may you find peace, joy, and love in things that truly matter. Here’s to a Happy Father’s Day & Happy International Yoga Day!
Positive Motivation Tip: Our health and loved ones are precious parts of our lives. Make time to celebrate Father’s Day and get some simple stretches in while you’re at it. Cherish the connections!