Recently a friend and past client posted a wonderful piece she found in her mother’s hand writing:
"In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.
Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.
Life must be understood backwards; but it must be understood forward.
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there."
This text, written in her mother's handwriting, conveys several inspirational messages to me:
u Value of Life: "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." This suggests that the quality of one's life experiences is more important than the quantity of years lived.
u Ambition and Effort: "Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." Encouraging ambition and effort, it advises aiming high and taking risks because even if you fall short of your ultimate goal, you'll still achieve something great.
u Progress vs. Stagnation: "There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still." This emphasizes the importance of making progress and moving forward in life rather than staying stagnant or inactive.
u Understanding Life: "Life must be understood backward; but it must be understood forward." This implies that while we often reflect on life's events in hindsight, we must also look forward, learning and growing from our experiences.
u Continuous Effort: "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." This emphasizes the need for constant effort and adaptation, even if you believe you're on the correct path, as complacency can lead to setbacks.
I believe these messages collectively encourage a proactive and optimistic approach to life, highlighting the importance of growth, ambition, and continuous learning. It's crucial to embrace these messages in our everyday lives.