9 results for tag: living intentionally


What Martin Luther King Jr. Taught Me About the Meaning of Life

Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 86 today. His legacy continues to inspire millions, including myself. In my previous post, I wrote about my twenty favorite MLK quotes that have influenced my worldview in life. Today, I'd like to share my thoughts on what Martin Luther King Jr. taught me about the meaning of life. Six months before he was assassinated , Martin Luther King delivered a lesser known but exceptionally insightful address on the topic of purpose and meaning of life. In just 563 words, delivered at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia, King suggests three relevant and powerful ways to seek a meaningful life. The ...

How to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life in your 20’s

Dear fellow Millennials, I have a confession to make. It’s about my pet peeve. Only a handful knows about it at this point, but I feel compelled to share it with my readers now. Whenever I hear someone say “I have time to kill,” this really ticks me off. In fact, it infuriates me. Don’t get me wrong. I understand sometimes doing nothing helps recharge our batteries from the excessive consumption of energy that our life demands us, but really I am talking about those who habitually engage themselves in nothingness. No purpose. No intention – just extra time to kill. Osbert Sitwell once said, “In reality, killing time is only the name for ...

The Hall of Fame Mission Statements

“Make your life a mission – not an intermission.” – Anonymous Here are several notable people and their mission statements in life. What made them such remarkable individuals can be attributed to their unflagging conviction to stick to their mission in life. It is my sincerest hope that the following mission statements will inspire you to think hard about your mission in life and start creating your own. Make it worthwhile and  stick to it in all circumstances. Best! Erma Bombeck's Mission "If I had my life to live over," written by Erma Bombeck near the end of her life, details the values Bombeck wished had guided her daily decisions. If ...

What Will Your Epitaph Say?

Who honestly thinks about a question like this, right? Sounds rather morbid and horrid. I have never met anyone in my life who has ever crafted a well-thought-out answer to this question. I mean how many people, particularly the Generation Y cohort, would like to entertain the thought about their inevitable death and write an obituary of themselves?  I suspect they would like to think about their promising future and how to tap into their maximum potential. So, the question about their epitaph seems like an odd one. I first encountered this question when I assumed the role of a HR Director at my business school’s undergraduate student society. A ...

Living Intentionally: Running the Race for the Eternal Prize

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. Philippians 3:12-14 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take ...

Create Your Life Plan

If we would only give the same amount of reflection to what we want out of life that we give to the question of what to do with two weeks’ vacation, we would be startled at our false standards and the aimless procession of our busy days.       - Dorothy Canfield Fisher In the Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, bestselling author Stephen Covey says that Habit 2 is to “Begin with the End in Mind.”1 In his excellent book, The E-Myth Revisited, author Michael Gerber makes the ultimate application of this principle. He says, I’d like you to imagine that you are about to attend one of the most important occasions of your life.It ...

Living in the Present Tense

I stumbled across a poem that profoundly struck a chord with me. I think others may think likewise. What amazes me is that this poem is written by a 14 years old Jason Lehman. I wonder how can someone at such a young age could think of such profound and philosophical perspectives. Lehman sent a letter to Abigail Van Buren who verified Jason's age and published the poem on her column on February 14, 1989. Please take several minutes to meditate on this.   Present Tense It was spring, but it was summer I wanted, The warm days, and the great outdoors. It was summer, but it was fall I wanted, The colorful leaves, and the cool, dry air. It was ...

Why God Wants You To Discover Your Strengths

My Strength Inspired Journey While I was in college, I served as the HR Director at my business school’s student society. One of my key agendas was to ensure we had the right recruitment and selection process in place so that the student executive team could, as Jim Collins put it, place the right people on the bus, wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the key seats before they figure out where to drive the bus. In this quest of designing the process, I came across an interview question that hit me like a brick:   “If you were to write your epitaph, what would you write?”   I clearly remember myself dumbfounded as I ...

Discovering Your Mission in Life

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Please find a place to read this blog where you can be alone and uninterrupted. Empty your mind now except what you are about to read. “[Imagine] you are going to the funeral of a loved one. Picture yourself driving to the funeral parlor or chapel, parking the car, and getting out. As you walk inside the building, you notice the flowers, the soft organ music. You see the faces of friends and family you pass along the way. You feel the shared sorry of losing, the joy of having known, that radiates from the hearts of the ...