Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A 'View of the Week" : The need to "Lighten Up & Live Well"

It is the end of a new month and the beginning a new one--and with it loads of possibilities.   It begins with the embrace and appreciation for life.   I was reflecting upon this as one of my friends from High School shared the predicament of her Grandson and as my own Uncle underwent surgery for Stomach Cancer yesterday--whereby 3/4 of his stomach was removed.

What also was quite hopeful, though, was what happened to the owner of the LA Clippers, Donald Sterling.   The NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver banned him for life for his nascent racist remarks.  I was on Twitter yesterday as news was breaking and just like Charles Barkley, my reaction was, "Wow".   It was a watershed moment that underscored how America has changed.  Although Mr. Sterling will walk away with close to a Billion Dollar Windfall for the forced sale of the Clippers, it underscores a level of maturity and transformation in American Society that will be better ever more for us all.    I could not agree ever more with the leading lights of the NBA including Dominique Wilkins, Charles Barkley and indeed the great Doc Rivers, the Coach of Clippers.

As I reflected upon that that day, I received from a very gracious old Friend brought it all home--and to constantly do our utmost to achieve the "Vision of the Possible" in our own way:

Lighten up and live well

You are an important, indispensable part of life on this day. Yet that is no reason to be arrogant.
You have a vital job to do. Yet that doesn’t mean you must be stuffy and overly serious.
You do things best when you do them joyfully. Lighten up, have fun, and spread true joy everywhere you go.
Be mature and responsible, but don’t be dull and brooding about it. Be purposeful and determined, but don’t be uptight about it.
Demonstrate your determination not with a rigid scowl on your face, but with joyous achievement. Life is an amazingly grand adventure, so allow yourself to experience and express delight in every moment.
See yourself as happily dancing through the moments of this day, and nothing will be able to bring you down. Live lightly, live joyously, and live well.
— Ralph Marston

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