Wednesday, June 29, 2005

thinkarete.themanifesto

(We'll start with a little manifesto I wrote a couple years ago. ..)

thinkarete.themanifesto

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

OK...

So...uh...what exactly are you waiting for?

This isn’t a dress rehearsal...

Wake up!

Here’s the deal: What we can be, we MUST be.

Period.

There’s no getting around that one.

So, turn off your TV. Put down your drink. Get off the medication.

Quit numbing yourself. The pain’s not going away.

Not until you thinkarete.

“thinkarete”?

Yep.

Gandhi got it. Einstein got it. Mother Theresa got it.

Tiger gets it. Gates gets it. Oprah gets it.

The Greeks got it.

Get this: Guys like Socrates, Plato and Aristotle said that if you want happiness you better live with areté--a word that literally means virtue or excellence but has a deeper meaning...something closer to “constantly striving to reach your highest potential.”
areté.

How beautiful is that? It was one of the highest ideals of Greek culture.

It should be one of ours.

Tragically, it’s not.

We seem to be more interested in resumes, accolades and 401k's.

Speaking of retirement...

Who came up with that? Work like crazy doing something we're not passionate about so we can accumulate enough money to pay the bills from our stress-caused illnesses while we complain about what we should have done when we were still young.

Hmmm...We can’t quite figure that one out. Seems like it makes a bit more sense to go ahead and dare to live now...

Why not thinkarete?

Live to your highest potential--moment to moment to moment.

Not in the mood?

Fine. Then live with regret, anxiety, and disillusionment.

Your call.

Think about it. When do we feel most alive?

Exactly. When we’re being ourselves--our highest selves.

You want happiness?

thinkarete.

Dream. Grow. Stretch yourself.

Rip off the tie. Jump out of the cubicle.

Dream. Think. Dare to be crazy.

What are you waiting for?

thinkarete.

Are you crazy enough to think you can change the world?

Good.

Now go out and do it.

Live. Love. Smile. Hug. Laugh. Dream. Do. Create.

Have fun. Be intense. Be audacious. Be unreasonable. Act impeccably. Breathe.

Be you. Be different. Get paid to do what you love. Dance in your underwear on your way to work...

Why not?

Ditch the tie. Escape the cube. Leave the 8-5. Trash the resume.

Ignore the critics. And the cynics. Burn the corporate ladders. Laugh at the ceilings.

Quit the bitching. Open your mind. End the laziness. Overcome the fear. Transcend the conditioning...

Why not?

Move the world.

Change the world.

Push the human race forward.

Whatever you call it, go out and do it.

When?

Now.

Not when you have enough money or once you do this or do that. That’s nonsense.

It’s not gonna be easy, but go out and live your dream. Now.

You deserve it.

And, if that doesn’t move you: The world deserves it.
thinkarete.

http://www.thinkarete.com/

6 Comments:

At 9:54 PM, Blogger Dave Trager said...

I'll never forget the first time I read that. It still gives me chills.

Two words.

Good shiznit!! =)

Keep inspiring and empowering-- we gots a world to change. =) Fun fun.

Sir Ninja

 
At 11:49 AM, Blogger shyloh said...

Now I think shyloh is getting it ha.

Nice..

Perhaps we should just live and move and have our being. Maybe stop judging was the answer.. I don't know..

 
At 5:22 PM, Blogger amarisse said...

Wow, looks like I picked a great time to come back... just as you started this blog. :)

I agree with Sir Ninja... you just can't hear these words enough. I should paste them on my bathroom mirror and read them every morning. Of course, then the husband might not be able to see, and cut himself shaving... hmmm.... eternal dilemmas of the universe...

Looking forward to reading here!

 
At 5:41 PM, Anonymous Srinivasan Nenmeli said...

I summarize the whole message for prosperity with three words: BELIEVE AND RECEIVE-----keep up your empowering work

 
At 9:13 AM, Blogger Brian Adams said...

Hi Brian, I am enjoying everything you do so far. Here is one of my poems, check me out on www.EndlessPossibilities.net

COLOR BLIND

If you search and hope to find
a world where all are color blind

You need not search this huge blue ball
this color blind world is inside us all

Yes deep inside, this world exists
but only if you truly insist

To look past the cover and read the book
of this person you’ve probably mistook

We all have our problems,
we all make mistakes

not because of our color,
but most likely our hate

This world I search for, I know I’ll find
not for myself but for others who are also

Color Blind


Brian Adams

 
At 9:14 PM, Blogger Brian Johnson said...

That's beautiful. Thanks for sharing, Brian!

 

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