The world lost a great teacher a week ago with the passing of Dr Wayne Dyer, internationally acclaimed self empowerment writer and speaker. He inspired millions over his lifetime through his teachings.
In reflecting on his passing, I re-read some of his very well known quotes, and several of them resonated with me today:
“Don’t die with your music still in you” – Dr Wayne Dyer
Dr Dyer certainly didn’t die with his music still in him. He shared his thoughts, his talents, his gifts with the world. He was passionate about ‘living his bliss’ as he called it.
Are you living your bliss? Are you sharing your talents, gifts, skills with the world? Are you living the life you want to be living?
I asked myself those questions a couple of years ago. And in listening to my heart, I couldn’t honestly answer “yes”. At that point, life was good, but it wasn’t great. It wasn’t exciting enough for me. It wasn’t purposeful enough. Life wasn’t sizzling. In all honesty, I felt like I was letting myself and my talents down. I am not one to live with regrets, so something had to change…
And it did. A little while later, I resigned from all the work I was doing and took time to re-evaluate, to stretch my mind.
“What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds.” – Dr Wayne Dyer
And I have. I’ve reset my personal vision for the next 50 years, and it’s enormous. I’m totally out of my comfort zone as I work towards achieving the massive goals I’ve set… and yes, it’s a really challenging place to be. Thankfully most of the time it feels good, because what I’m doing is right for me and my life, and it will have a positive flow-on effect for those I love. At present, the ride is bumpy, filled with lots of twists and turns. Everything is totally unpredictable, but hey ho, that’s life, isn’t it?!?
My new future is unfolding. It’s exciting, it’s challenging, it’s scary – the fear gremlins kick in from time to time as I ‘put myself out there’, doing the work and living the life I am now creating. I’ve always had a fear of failure… but in the last few years, I’ve let that go (or at least I’m working on that too) as it’s wasted energy.
Oh, and as for the learning and the mistakes… there are many. But that’s OK too. They are lessons. I’m where I’m meant to be right now, learning, progressing and contributing every day. Now, I’m failing forward and enjoying the journey.
“Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made.” – Wayne Dyer
I’m so excited about the new choices, the new decisions I’ve made and the work I’m doing. I’m definitely NOT going to die with my music still in me. I’m going to play my music on every musical instrument I can lay my hands on – regardless of how it sounds.
So, how about you? Are you living your life on your terms? Where’s your music?
Regret is one of the saddest emotions in life. I’ve seen too many people living with regret. It’s heartbreaking, especially when it’s experienced near the end of their life.
I will live the rest of my life continuing to sizzle and playing music according to my values of love and trust, happiness and gratitude, health and fitness, family and friends, learning and teaching, entrepreneurship and generosity, creativity and curiosity, courage and optimism, travel and adventure, collaboration and conversation.
I hope to hear your music loud and clear too. Let’s rock it out of the park together!
RIP Dr Wayne Dyer.
“You’ll seldom experience regret for anything that you’ve done. It’s what you haven’t done that will torment you. Therefore, the message is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savour it.” – Wayne Dyer
ACTION: Have you been a follower of Wayne Dyer? I’d love to know what impact his books and teachings have had on your life. How about telling me in the comments below.