Last Friday, 21st September, my mum passed away. I got the text early morning from my sister in Austria. In a strange way we were hoping that she didn’t need to suffer much longer, so we were kind of relieved. At the same time it was terrible news!
I wasn’t quite sure what to do with myself. I was still in bed when I got the message. I turned to Lieve and said ‘my mum has died’. She must have seen the blank stare on my face and knew that there were no words to make any difference, so she just looked at me and send me compassion and support.
What was the RIGHT thing to do?
I got up and walked aimlessly round the house. My head trying to make sense of the information I just received. Should I take the day off work? Not go to my business coaching session? Possible sit at home and go through photo albums?
I also had my tickets for the Peace One Day concert in Wembley for that night. What was the RIGHT thing to do? Then I realized that it was down to me what I chose to be the right thing to do. I didn’t have to look for other peoples’ approval, didn’t have to look for references around me – all I had to do is check in with myself and then do whatever it was I wanted to do.
And I chose to remind myself why I did what I did. I chose to ask myself the question ‘how I could best serve the purpose I believe I had’. With that clarity and focus, I was able to draw strength from the shock and went about my day.
For the world she was just someone, for someone (me) She was the world!
Lieve and I had coffee in town at our usual place. As I had feared and expected – the world just went about its seemingly mundane business. They never knew my mum, never knew what she meant to me and they never will. For the world she was just someone, for someone (me) she was the world!
I kissed Lieve goodbye and headed off to see my business coach. I texted a handful of people about my mum and spent the next 90 minutes in the car to drive to Paul.
The coaching session was great and as always, James and Paul and I got even more clarity (you can’t be too clear, only too fuzzy) about our next steps, worked through some challenges about the upcoming Summit (just 5 days away now) and looked at the Q4 goals for the business.
I felt the beauty of the pure emotion of sadness and love
When I left Paul and was back in the car, I was overcome with a sudden sadness and felt as if I had been tensing my body for the longest time before I finally had to relax it and give in.
My tears were flowing freely and I felt the beauty of the pure emotion of sadness and love. I wanted to taste this and not alter or weaken it – I didn’t want to be consoled and I didn’t want to stop.
And just like the sun bursts through the clouds after the rain my tears stopped and my heart felt clean and pure. A big sigh of gratitude and relief moved through my entire body, leaving me feel peaceful and serene.
So I did go to Wembley that night
I had decided long ago to be there and I am so glad I went! Over 10,000 people attended this charity concert. I met many of the other patrons of Peace One Day, from Steve Bolton and BJ Cunningham to Daniel Priestley and John Cassidy. I loved being there and being part of something bigger than myself!
I witnessed the power of an idea come to life and I witnessed the energy and obsession of a single man infect and inspire millions of people around the world.
Jeremy Gilley, the founder (he is much more than that) of Peace One Day had a simple idea, but it is not in the idea, it’s in the relentless and tireless overcoming of challenges and repeating the core message that made Jeremy succeed.
his conviction attracts people into selfless cooperation
It’s not so much about WHAT it is he stands for, it’s his contagious energy and the almost naive conviction in this idea that brings people together and simply attracts people into selfless cooperation.
What I really took away this evening was how ANY idea, presented with conviction and patience, can grow into a movement.
Now many of you know that I have my own ‘mission’ and I am in the process to create my own movement, so I walked away inspired and humbled.
Here is what you’ll need to get heard
Whatever life may throw at you, you might not have the power to control it, but you sure have a say in how you deal with it and what you make of it. Do you have an idea or a message you want the world to know? Then know you will get heard.
What’s needed from all my observations is dedication, sense of urgency and mission, heaps of energy and enthusiasm and patience.
Let’s do it, while we’re still here. Life is short, my friend.
I wish you success in whatever you endeavor to achieve
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