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
Rules of conduct intended to guide and direct behavior of a company or society can be distributed in a myriad of ways. They can be codified and printed in employee handbooks and can occupy thousands of pages of legislation which eventually become a bill, resolution or statute of law posted, emailed, faxed, and broadcast via television, radio or the internet. Thousands of dollars can be spent on community outreach and public awareness campaigns to inform the masses of what we expect from one another as neighbors from one community to the next across this great State of Aloha.
In the end though it’s not what’s described on a poster, or prescribed in a manual or the law that determines our success or how we behave as a community. Instead it may be what we subscribe to in heart and mind that eventually influences our deeds and actions. It comes down to what we value as a community, those practices and behaviors that endear us to one another with respect, humility, honor and trust. Perhaps more importantly it is what and how we choose to teach our children about what it means to live with and from a place of Aloha, not only in good times, but in difficult ones as well.
Current conditions may require us to spend more time looking in rather than watching out! If you didn’t find any aloha when you came to work today, you might consider the idea that you forgot to bring it with you. Aloha is an inside job!