How to live a life worth celebrating

 

by Burt Dubin on November 12, 2009

The clock of life is wound but once and no one has the power

To tell just when the hands will stop at late or early hour . . .

Now is the only time to live, love, speak with a will . . .

Place no faith in tomorrow for the hands may then be still

1. So you’ve got this one-way ticket, see . . . How you use it is up to you.

Let’s say you really love being in the speaking business.   Given that, how can you add the most value to the universe of lives you touch?

2. Here’s my 2 cents worth:

Start by counting your blessings:    Your life, your health, your loved ones, the material comforts you own, and especially your consciousness . . .

Continue by reflecting on your gifts, your life experience, your wisdom, your technical skills, your understanding of the human condition . . .

Plus the insights you picked up thanks to your surviving the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

3. Then ask yourself what you can say that releases your endorphins, gives you a high . . . And sparks your audiences with hope at the same time .   Your words and stories that empower people to be more powerful doing what they do . . .

On top of all this remember what moves your audience more than your words, more than your humor, more than your stories and more than your technical know-how . . .

The transcendent impact you may have on your audience goes way beyond all this . . . It is your state of being, your inner glow, your consciousness . . .

4. How are you to reflect these for your audience?

You do it with your stance, (Think matador,) your penetrating glance as you look deeply into one person’s eyes as you deliver each sentence.

Then another, then another, then another . . .

You do this with your pauses.  (Oh, the power of the long pause,) with your smiles and your nods as you survey the room after saying something meaningful .

5. And with your memorable closing words.

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