December 05, 2018"Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing."
"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."
These gems of truth are rolling around in my head as I prep to tackle something that scares me.
In doing so, I risk the same failure I experienced last time I put myself out there in the exact same way. Still, I brush that little niggle of doubt aside and forge ahead with big steps and big belief that I'll get what I'm going for. Without this faith, this certain knowledge that there is much to be gained whether the end result is how I picture it or what I desire. Either way, I'll come away with a new experience under my belt and another hurdle crossed in giving this yoga thing that's burning and exploding like a joyous, celebratory gargantuan firework in my heart everything I've got. This is my "one wild and precious life," and the clock stops for no one.
Following my heart is scary and uncertain. And then, I receive an email that reminds me. When the heart is full, nothing else matters.
The subject line reads: 'FW: The World's Six Best Doctors'
The copy of the email reads as follows:
Steve Jobs died a billionaire at age 56. This is his final essay:
I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In some others' eyes, my life is the epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, my wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to. At this moment, lying on my bed and recalling my life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in have paled and become meaningless in the face of my death.
You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone bear your sickness for you. Material things lost can be found or replaced. But there is one thing that can never be found when it's lost—Life. Whichever stage in life you are in right now, with time, you will face the day when the curtain comes down.
Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well and cherish others. As we grow older, and hopefully wiser, we realize that a $300 or a $30 watch both tell the same time. You will realize that your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world. Whether you fly first class or economy, if the plane goes down—you go down with it.
Therefore, I hope you realize, when you have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, who you chat with, laugh with, talk with, have sing songs with, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven and earth, that is true happiness! Don't educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy. So when they grow up they will know the value of things and not the price. Eat your food as your medicine, otherwise you have to eat medicine as your food.
The One who loves you will never leave you for another because, even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he or she will find a reason to hold on. There is a big difference between a human being and being human. Only a few really understand it. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In between, you have to manage!
The six best doctors in the world are sunlight, rest, exercise, diet, self-confidence and Friends. Maintain them in all stages and enjoy a healthy life.
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Catherine Minolli is Managing Editor of the Tri-City Times. She began as a freelance writer with the Times in 1994. She enjoys the country life, including raising ducks and chickens.