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What I tell my kids everyday

from the blog of Peter Diamandis

 peter@diamandis.com

I have two twin boys heading into kindergarten this year.

I’m always thinking about what education will be like for them over the next 10 to 20 years as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and global connectivity change the way we access and manipulate knowledge.

Will college even exist in the next 10 to 20 years?

Will it be relevant?

I live two blocks from my children’s school, and when I am in town, one of my most precious moments is walking them to school in the morning.

During the walk, I ask them what questions they have of me. The topics range from plants to black holes.

I relish and admire their questions.

When I drop them off, the last thing I say to them is, “Ask good questions today.”

Why? We are heading toward a world of a trillion sensors and ubiquitous AI — a world where, a decade from now, we will all have some variant of JARVIS from Iron Man.

In that world, you’ll be able to know anything you want, anytime you want. So the quality of the questions you learn to ask will be more important than memorized knowledge.

In my humble opinion, helping your kids to think critically and to ask great questions is the most important lesson you can teach them.

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Frey Freyday – the Past

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

Past-[past]- gone by in time and no longer existing:

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. John F. Kennedy

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. Thomas Jefferson

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. George Bernard Shaw

I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy. Tony Robbins

You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past. Richard Bach

WORD TO LIVE BY:

PAST – the past does not equal the future.

Did you ever listen to someone that has a story about the past? Specifically a story with sadness, anger, loss, rejection, or failure? Maybe they keep talking about something that happened in the past and the emotions and turmoil tied to that past. Did you ever notice how the anger, resentment, sadness, hurt, or other emotions are really present when they talk about the past?

We all do it from time to time.

I certainly talked about one challenging year in that way for a long time. I lost both parents, lost other relatives, lost a job all in a short time frame. It was painful, sad, and there was anger, and other emotions. There is nothing wrong with feeling any of these emotions. There is nothing wrong with grief, sadness, anger, etc. – we must feel. There are lessons from our past. Our feelings are valid.

However, we can get stuck in the past. I know that I did for quite some time. I kept referencing that story. I stayed in the sad/angry emotions. I couldn’t see ahead because I was looking backwards. I couldn’t feel good stuff because I was feeling bad stuff. Quite frankly, after some point, it was not useful or helpful in any way to feel that way or linger on the past.

I had not been able to move ahead, grow, progress until I let go of some of the emotions and feelings about the past. I had to. In some ways, although unintentionally, I was using the past as an excuse. In so many words, I was essentially saying, ‘I can’t move on because of my past.’

I also beat myself up in some ways. I could have/should have/would have done things differently. I failed here, I didn’t do that, I did that in a wrong way – this definitely never helps. I had to be a friend to myself.

So I literally tried to release and let go. I re-framed the past. I thought of my past as something that strengthened me.

By asking myself better questions and thinking of ways to ‘use my past experiences to benefit me’, I came to believe that all my past losses, challenges, lost opportunities, rejections  and frustration were actually helping me and giving me new and better understandings that gave me a maturity, wisdom and ability that I did not have before. I made it through. I was stronger, I am stronger. I now have the ability to create a new level of life. Without the challenges of the past, I would not grow as fast as I have.

I also had a vision for the future and I tried to define it clearly and with emotion. I thought of that vision as already having happened  – in other words, I thought of how I wanted my life to be like in the short term future, and then thought of it as if it had already happened – like I was looking back on my new better life in the past. Then I looked at what can I do today to work towards that, even if a little thing. It worked.

The past is still there. I no longer get hung up on it. I don’t fight the sadness or grief but I certainly don’t linger there. While I wish my loved ones were still here and I definitely miss them, in some ways I am grateful for all that has happened in my past in some way.

I can tell you from my own experiences, more than once, that the only thing that’s necessary for this to work is to begin to believe that it is possible to move on, grow, change, and improve despite your past. The past doesn’t matter. So many people have overcome similar things and more. Whatever happened in the past, or whatever didn’t work out for you in the past has nothing to do with what you can or will do today or tomorrow. The choice and action that you take now will determine your future, it is that simple. It may not always be simple or without apprehension but growth is like that.

Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By” (WTLB). Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally.

So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….

BONUS:

Bible Verses for letting go of the past – http://www.bible-knowledge.com/scripture-verses-letting-go-past/

Multiple articles about letting go of the past- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/letting-go-of-the-past/

 

A quick thought for the day

 re-blogged from tut.com

If you could actually stand in someone else’s shoes,  to hear what they hear, see what they see, and feel what they feel, you would honestly wonder what planet they live on and be totally blown away by how different their “reality” is from yours.

You’d also never, in a million years, be quick to judge again.

Just sayin’ –
    The Universe
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Frey Freyday – Goodbyes

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

Goodbye-farewell (a conventional expression used at parting)

Saying goodbye doesn’t mean anything. It’s the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it. Trey Parker

It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure. Ernie Harwell

I have to say goodbye to things in order to take on bigger things that I’ve always wanted to do. Unknown

You and I will meet again, When we’re least expecting it, One day in some far off place, I will recognize your face, I won’t say goodbye my friend, For you and I will meet again. Tom Petty

WORD TO LIVE BY:

Good bye –

  1. Sometimes you need to say goodbye to something in order to grow, move on, heal or be happy.

Put simply, sometimes we hold on to memories, anger, sadness, hurt, and other negative things too long and we can’t really move on until we say goodbye to the feelings or experience. Sometimes we get complacent or too comfortable and we can’t grow unless we say goodbye to our comfort zone. Sometimes we need to say goodbye to part of our lives, even part of ourselves to grow as a person.

  1. Eventually we all have to say goodbye to someone we love. What will you do or say in the meantime?

If your parents or an older relative is still around, are there things that you’d really like to ask them? My parents both died rather suddenly and there were many questions that I wanted to ask them. I think they would have enjoyed answering them, and I know I would have gained a lot of wisdom and perspective.

What if you wrote someone or sat down and told them how you feel before it was too late?

What if you asked them questions about their lives and their perspectives now when you have the chance?

Maybe you have a loved one who inspired you and you should tell them! Maybe you should go and take them out and do that thing now while you both can.

Here are some possible questions to ask:

  • What did they learn when they were young in adolescence?
  • Where were they when JFK got shot? What did they think?
  • How did their mother or father influence them?
  • What was their of your biggest challenges in life?
  • How did their overcome difficult times in their life?
  • What did they learn from their parents?
  • What did their grandparents want them to carry on?
  • What was one of their biggest life lessons?
  • What do your loved ones want you to know after they’re gone?
  • What do they want your brothers or sisters to know after they’re gone?
  • What values do they want to teach?
  • What do they want you to remember when the times are dark?

Honor the people in your life. There are lots of ways to honor someone. If they’re still with you, sometimes it can be as simple as calling them, taking them out to lunch, sitting them down, looking them directly in the eye and saying.

Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By” (WTLB). Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally.

So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….

 

BONUS:

http://brendonburchard.tumblr.com/post/98560312858/interview-your-loved-ones-before-theyre-gone

If you have loved ones who you’ve lost or you have people in your life right now who you just admire greatly, who are helping you out, who are influencing you in positive ways, how do you honor people?

Frey Freyday – Metaphor

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

Metaphor-noun  met·a·phor \ˈme-tə-ˌfȯr also -fər\ –  a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them

My goal is to create a metaphor that changes our reality by charming people into considering their world in a different way. Chuck Palahniuk

Sometimes I think that creativity is a matter of seeing, or stumbling over, unobvious similarities between things – like composing a fresh metaphor, but on a more complex scale. David Mitchell

What draws me in is that a trip is a leap in the dark. It’s like a metaphor for life. You set off from home, and in the classic travel book, you go to an unknown place. You discover a different world, and you discover yourself. Paul Theroux

What you look for in a picture is a metaphor, something that means something more, that makes you think about things you’ve seen or thought about. Mary Ellen Mark

Metaphors allow you to make the complex simple and the controversial palatable. Conversely, metaphors allow you to create extraordinary meaning out of the seemingly mundane.  Brian Clark

WORD TO LIVE BY:

Metaphor – Metaphors are powerful figures of speech that can influence and persuade, for good or bad. They can influence our behavior and beliefs. They can change how we look at our lives.

Metaphors are often said to help explain complex topics.

Metaphors create vivid images in your head. Metaphors make it easier to understand and remember your focus, goal, values, priorities, etc.

Just like a story, a metaphor engages your brain – the right brain. Metaphors can by-pass rationality and lower defenses to concepts, ideas, beliefs. Metaphors can make you more persuasive, to yourself and others.

So – in life we all use metaphors whether we realize it or not. Did you ever hear “I’m at the end of my rope.” Or “I’m carrying the world on my shoulders.”? We’ve all said something like these perhaps, but they aren’t empowering.

Or maybe “Life is a battle”, “Business is war” – people who use these metaphors may have a different experience than people who say, “Life is a beach” or “Business is a game”. How do you refer to the world – “The masses are asses” or that humanity is “One big family”?

Behind metaphors are beliefs. When you choose a metaphor to describe your life or circumstances, you are choosing the beliefs that it supports.

So if you’re “Feeling fenced in”, then go open the gate and get moving. If you “Can’t see the answer”, then put on some glasses – or a VR visor? – and find the answer that will make things better. If you’re “swimming in a sea of problems”, just reach down and pull out the drain, so you can walk ahead.

Think about what you say; “Life is ___”, “I feel like ____”,   Is it a test, struggle, game, battle? Is it a mystery, dance, garden full of wildflowers?

Do you see what I mean? Change your metaphors. Be aware of them. Ask yourself if they’re empowering. Do the metaphors that you use help you or hold you back?

Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By” (WTLB). Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally.

So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….

 

BONUS

http://www.ted.com/talks/james_geary_metaphorically_speaking

Aphorism enthusiast and author James Geary waxes on a fascinating fixture of human language: the metaphor. Friend of scribes from Aristotle to Elvis, metaphor can subtly influence the decisions we make, Geary says.

Pretend

Let’s pretend, just for today, all day long, throughout our every thought and decision, that life is easy, that everyone means well, and that time is on our side. OK?

And let’s pretend that we are loved beyond belief, that magic conspires on our behalf, and that nothing can ever hurt us without our consent. All right?

And if we like this game, we’ll play it tomorrow as well, and the next day, and the next…..

from the blog of Mike Dooley of http://www.tut.com

Frey Freyday-Reality

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

re·al·i·ty-[rēˈalədē]-NOUN-the world or the state of things as they actually exist

Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live! Bob Marley

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. Soren Kierkegaard

Other people’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality. Les Brown

It’s not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean. We create our own realities.Tony Robbins

There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality. Jonas Salk

WORD TO LIVE BY:

Reality- something we create

Some say we create our own reality. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”  I have read many times that our thoughts determine the present and future of what is contained within our lives.  It’s all about our choices.  How and what we choose to do, remember, upon what we focus, concentrate, or direct our attention, and where we spend our mental and emotional energies.

I’ve also heard people say “Our thoughts are prayers, and we are always praying.  Our thoughts are prayers, listen to what you’re saying.” Again, we create our reality.

I was in a room with a large group of people once. Two men were in the room who were in the Army in Vietnam, and both were in a specific battle where many people were killed. Few survived. One man reflected on the battle as horrible, seeing the worst in humanity, remembering the terrible things that happened and he did not seem to let go of the pain. He appeared to be old, frail, angry, lonely, and fearful. Another man, basically the same age reflected that even in such a horrible battle, he remembered his fellow soldiers trying to help him and others. He even remembered when an enemy acted honorably in one instance. While he still had emotional and physical scars, he didn’t seem to let that story hold him back. He seemed to be younger, happier, more successful, with a family and friends. Two men with similar backgrounds, ages, circumstances created different realities.

It’s scientific. “We do actually create our own reality. Studies have shown many times that what you see impacts how you feel, and the way you feel can literally change what you see. For example: if you’re asked to estimate the walking speed of a man in a video, your answer will be different if you are told to think about a cheetah vs. thinking of a turtle. If you’ve just exercised, a hill appears steeper, a landmark appears farther away, and a backpack feels heavier. What you see is a complex mental construction of your own making, you experience it passively as a direct representation of the world around you. You create your own reality and you believe it.” Isaac Lidsky in his TED Talk “What Reality Are you Creating for Yourself?”

Fear distorts your reality. Fear makes us choose the awful over the unknown. Fear warps logic so that we make assumptions rather than use reason.

Your excuses, justifications, rationalizations, your surrender come to you in the form of fears, critics, villains. Be responsible for every moment, every thought, every details. See beyond your fears. Revisit assumptions you have about the world, love, success, good luck, life, and about reality. Be open-minded and open-hearted. Choose to see through fears and let them go. Create a better reality.

I’ve seen some people re-create their reality for the better. I know someone who had bad experiences with his father and for many years reflected on his assumptions about reality. After his father died, he found out that his assumptions were wrong. All of those years he created a story, a reality, that he was living by and it was holding him back – and it wasn’t even true.

Think about your reality – I bet that at least some of your beliefs were created when you were a young child. You interpreted things and made assumptions as a child and those became your reality. Here’s a question: was your brain, wisdom, experience, intelligence fully developed? Isn’t it possible that your brain as a child (any of our’s) might not interpret everything correctly? Isn’t it possible that the belief you created as a child might actually be wrong?

And if it is true, you can still create a reality based upon faith and hope. We constantly create a reality based on fear and anger, so why not create something better?

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Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By” (WTLB). Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally.

So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….

 

 

BONUS

https://www.ted.com/talks/isaac_lidsky_what_reality_are_you_creating_for_yourself

Reality isn’t something you perceive; it’s something you create in your mind. Isaac Lidsky learned this profound lesson firsthand, when unexpected life circumstances yielded valuable insights. In this introspective, personal talk, he challenges us to let go of excuses, assumptions and fears, and accept the awesome responsibility of being the creators of our own reality.

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