For the record I believe in synchronicity and the law of attraction having experienced both on more than a few occasions. Last December I was involved in an accident with a drunk driver and luckily escaped without injury but it could have been much worse. I believe I was being sent a message reminding me that nothing is guaranteed in this life especially how much time you have left. The accident gave me pause and after some reflection I made a promise to myself to slow down and enjoy life a lot more just like I preach to the VL tribe. But as usual the memory of that event soon faded along with the promise I made and my life once again was being consumed by writing my the new book.
It’s not good to ignore what the universe is trying to tell you.
On April 23rd I was sent another message.
I was watching television and there was breaking news about a man driving a cargo van deliberately into people on Yonge Street in Toronto. As I continued to watch I suddenly realized that this occurred right in front of the building where my wife works. On the same sidewalk she walks everyday. I desperately tried to reach her cell but she didn’t pick up. I felt sick watching what had happened switching stations hoping to find out that she was ok. I felt helpless at that moment knowing that there was nothing I could do. I kept trying to reach her cell phone. I kept thinking “Oh my God how could this be happening?” Ten innocent people dead, walking outside on this spring day, like my wife did every day.
She called and confirmed she was safe, not involved in this tragic event. I guess we were fortunate with so many innocent people killed or injured that day. It happened too close to home!
Events like this especially when it hits close to home, take the wind out of us and force us to pause and reflect. It changes us, serves as a wake up call and hopefully causes you to start looking at life differently. Things that were so important yesterday before like finishing a book or doing your taxes, are less important today. While I’m so grateful that nothing happened to the Contessa, I know that things could have gone badly and I will never forget that.
I believe these two events sent me a message that I needed to learn before it was too late. Life is short and we need to appreciate and enjoy what we have, while we have it! Being consumed by work is a bad habit of mine, maybe it was a good habit while I was in the corp because it made me successful. Now being consumed conflicts with my new lifestyle and that conflict is causing me stress. I don’t want to be a slave to my work and be stressed out most of the day. Life is too short. I can now distinguish between the truly important and the unimportant, I understand that happiness not enjoyed today is lost forever.
I know what I want and what I love to do. I’m going to book that trip to Hawaii that I promised to take the Contessa on when we got married but never found the time for as work/life always seemed to get in the way.
Writing books doesn’t make me happy, helping people does. Instead of waiting for the transition guide to be finished we are going to start offering retirement coaching on June 1st. I want to help people, one person at a time, now, not later.
I enjoy public speaking and doing seminars on Victory Lap so I plan on doing much more of that. I want to spend more time learning and experiencing new things. I want to get up to speed with technology and learn how to use my new go pro camera. I want to travel and experience new places and take lots of pictures. I want to do an Ironman on my 65th birthday.
I want to play more.
I’ve received two wake up calls so far, and I want to avoid receiving a third one because something inside tells me the next one won’t end well I’m grateful for another chance to live my life now while I still have it. Think I’ll go out and do a little fishing tomorrow.
If you live in or close to the GTA (within reasonable driving distance) and would like to hear one of our VL seminars simply visit your local library and ask them to contact us to do a presentation. Tell them the presentations are free, they will like hearing that.