Several years ago I came across a great ad featuring the following quote from Ferdinand Porche:
IF ONE DOES NOT FAIL AT TIMES THEN ONE HAS NOT CHALLENGED HIMSELF.
The copy that followed was even more compelling:
Anyone who claims to have never failed has likely never accomplished anything interesting. If you are exploring new ground, attempting the untried, the odds dictate you will not always succeed immediately.
This is not to say that failure is acceptable; winning indicates that we have reached a goal, and arrived at our intended destination. However, having achieved that, we move on!
With that in mind . . .
Challenge yourself. Better you then someone else.
Try something new. Take the “un” out of “untried”.
Adopt a new interest. Become that ‘interesting person’ that others meet today.
Whatever it is you are trying to accomplish or wherever you are headed may the journey be as rewarding as the destination.
We’re never promised another day, so let’s make the ones we get count.
On November 1st, 2012, Kumu Ramsay spoke to a gathering of healthcare professionals about achieving healthy minds, bodies and spirits through Ho’oponopono. In this excerpt he explains the value and importance of acknowledging and incorporating “the empty chair” into their daily practice.
Aloha is an overarching principle. Like most Hawaiian words, it has many meanings. It can be a noun, verb, adjective and adverb. It is prescriptive, descriptive and subscriptive.
Aloha is more than a greeting or salutation. It is a condition, a way of life, a mindset and an attitude.
Aloha is an action, not a reaction. It is a natural response of respect, love and reciprocity, and not a contrived series of motions or expressions that have been rehearsed and perfected for a commercial expectation.
Aloha is to be in the presence of life, to share the essence of one’s being with openness, honesty and humility. It is a way of being, a way of behaving, a way of life. It is a commitment to being real. It is a commitment to accepting others and giving dignity to who they are and what they have to offer.
Aloha is not a slogan, pitch line or monogram. It is a spiritual principle that conveys the deepest expression of one’s relationship with oneself, the creative and life-giving forces, one’s family and community, and with one’s friends and strangers.
*This is an excerpt from “What Are My Three Favorite Hawaiian Words” which appeared in the 2006 May-June Issues of Hawaii Magazine. To access the entire article and receive more information about programs, classes, presentations and articles by Kumu Ramsay contact him at