“Life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived at all.” Oliver Wendell Holmes
The photo on the left was taken in 1972, the photo on the right taken from the same spot on the promenade in Brooklyn, New York (a walk overlooking lower Manhattan) years later. A few weeks before the 1972 photo was taken Caralyn and I were walking on the promenade; I took off my jacket and put it over her shoulders, pulling her close to me. At that moment I, we, realized, we had overcome one of the great challenges in life — finding the right person we want to share our life with. We have now been together 50+ years, and doing better than ever!
We knew we would have to face additional challenges being an interracial couple (especially in the early 70’s) beyond the usual challenges facing anyone in developing a thriving relationship with the person you marry. There were some brief times over the years where we hit a slippery slope, but were determined to be together for the rest of our lives.
Helen Keller commented, “There is one thing worse than not being able to see, being able to see and having no vision.” Caralyn and I had, and have, a vision of our relationship when we are in our very advanced years holding on to each other, dedicated to helping us each lead a life of action and passion.
What is your vision of what you are REALLY trying to do? Do you have a vision of the challenges that will help you achieve the action and passion so important to leading a life of fulfillment and satisfaction? I was speaking to a leading educator in the area of workforce development; in her opinion only 5% of those she works with have a true vision of what they are trying to do and know what would be the right challenges for them.
Below are some quotes on the value of having a challenging life built on a foundation of the dreams you envision of what you really want to do. When you do this what you are really determining is what are the right challenges that will help you live the life you imagine.
For over 20 years the FOUNDATIONS OF BRILLIANCE program has helped thousand of people worldwide determine what are the right educational and career choices that will help them lead a life of action and passion. The result is the joy, self-respect and satisfaction of knowing you have truly “lived.”
Below are a examples of those who know they have really lived making their dreams become a reality after completing the Foundations of Brilliance program.
Daniel, created a very successful fashion design company and moved on from being a professional rugby player.
David, after years of unsuccessfully wanting to become an airline pilot, became a pilot, finally.
Carolyne, got inspired to create a special album and went right into a recording studio to make her dream a reality.
Christian after years of working on a book to help students with math, was finally able to complete it.
And remember, “Every thing turns out right in the end, if it isn’t right, it isn’t the end.”
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you imagine.”
“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.”
“I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument, while the song I came to sing remains unsung.”
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines*. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
*A Bowline is a type of knot for making a non-slip loop, and also a rope for keeping a sail as flat as possible to sail as close to the wind as possible. The inference: throw off your inhibitions and seize the day and follow the path that is best for you.