Midweek Musings-24

Mid Week Musings

If I Could Tell You Just One Thing is a truly fascinating book! It is made up of answers to a single question that the author, Richard Reed, has asked 62 remarkable people from around the world:

“Given all that you have experienced, given all that you now know and given all that you have learnt, if you could pass on only one piece of advice, what would it be?”

The answers he has received to that question, Reed says, are like “nutrient-rich broth, made from boiling down the (essence) of life. And being fed so much of it from such remarkable people has enriched my life and understanding of my fellow homosapiens immeasurably.”

Listen to five nourishing and diverse bits of wisdom from the galaxy of Reed’s interviewees:

Simon Cowell, British TV personality, co-host of American Idol:

“My best advice is listen, listen rather than talk. I was never bright in school, but I was a very good listener, and I still am. I have a better life because of it. When I meet people, I’m curious about their story, about how they did what they did. Along the way you meet people smarter than you and they teach you what you don’t already know. So I listen to them, take away my tidbits, and off I go…”

Harry Belafonte, Grammy Award-winning musician, a titan of the American Civil Rights Movement, and confidant of Martin Luther King:

“Discover the joy of embracing diversity. When people become more open to the strange, to the unusual, … to the other, we become more nourished as a species. Currently our ability to do that is being manipulated, diversity is being looked upon as a source of evil rather than as a source of joy and development. We must recapture the profound benefits of seeing the joy in our collective diversity, not the fear.”

Lily Ebert, Holocaust survivor:

“Always have hope against hope. I was as down as a human being can go, but look at me, I survived. I have gone from nearly starving to death, to, seventy years later, being (given the United Kingdom’s highest honour). So no matter how bad the situation, try to do what you can and don’t give up. Make always the best from what you have, no matter how little it is.”

Dambisa Moyo, global economist, and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People:

“I know it sounds kind of corny, but every day I look in the mirror and I tell myself that I am going to go out there and face it and not curl up in a ball because somebody said something or thinks I couldn’t be or do something simply because of who I am.”

Terry Waite, humanitarian who ended up being held hostage in a Lebanese prison for 5 years while trying to negotiate the release of other prisoners:

“It’s the same lesson I learnt in that cell. What you have to do is live for the day, you have to say, now is life, this very moment. It’s not tomorrow, it’s not yesterday, it’s now, so you have to live it as fully as you can. Invest in every day.”

Have a great week!

Team Anahat.