Long And Fulfilling Life

Written by Gede Prama

“A long and fulfilling life is possible,” that’s the conclusion of one of the rich and glowing men in the West named Denis Waitley. Being old, rich, happy is the dream of so many people. But like climbing a mountain, not everyone is blessed to get to the top. Nevertheless, there is nothing wrong with preparing the stamina and the path to get there.

There are various causes behind human failure to reach the top. First, a few people run out of energy even when they are young. Then stop trying. Second, unsuccessful people are unable to see the direction and vision of the future to be addressed. Even if there is a direction that is visible, intermittently they can easily change the direction. As a result, they start the journey from square one again. Third, excessive competition makes many people feel alienated in their own body. This makes them fail to reach the top.

For this reason, as an old person who proved his life to be rich and glowing, Denis Waitley suggested to look back on what someone loves to do when they were a child. The guiding light will be brighter if what is preferred in childhood appears again as a teenager and middle age. Life is like marking the direction of the soul journey that must be addressed.

Referring to the life of Denis Waitley himself who has produced a masterpiece tittled “The psychology of winning”, Denis himself was born with a pair of problematic parents. But his grandmother was the source of his frequent inspiration. In the midst of his grandmother’s gardening times, Denis often heard a message: “You can process the dry leaves of deficiency and imperfection into the beautiful flowers of happiness”.

From that time Denis who is the coach of many Olympic winners began to understand. It turned out that problematic parents, along with their bad past is similar to dry leaves. They are there to teach you how to transform dry leaves into beautiful flowers. That is why, Denis is very patience and diligent in “processing” his background, his parents’ immaturity, and all imperfections that come from the past.

In one interview, this humble and rich man honestly confessed, at the beginning of his career that he himself had plunged into a profession that he really hated. Imagine, someone with such a gentle heart, loves to write poetry, never hurts friends, but because he must have income to feed his life he was forced to become a fighter pilot complete with deadly bombs.

Like justifying the old saying, whereas the butterflies will not settle long in the dustbin, Denis Witley is also spending not along time being a fighter pilot. He quickly moved to the profession that he loves as a successful coach of many Olympic athletes. It is in this profession that he rediscovered his childhood, as well as his adolescence who liked to advise his close friends and then they succeeded.

It is not always easy and smooth of course. But every time Denis encounters trials and temptations, he always remembers his grandmother’s message: “You can process dry leaves of failure into beautiful flowers of happiness”. In the language of Neale Donald Walsch who wrote the beautiful book Conversation with God, every time you are disturbed, always remember that God is sending you an angel of salvation.

In simple but deep language, the combination of happiness in the present with a bright vision of the future, making the seeds of childhood easily grow beautifully. If Denis Waitley’s life is the reference, there are many things in life that can be achieved if one cultivates three beautiful ingredients: “Seeds from childhood, diligence to always be happy in the present, consistency to move into one future”. As a result, one does not need to waste too much energy, not be tempted to change direction too often. Above all, one is not much interested in competition as the source of soul alienation.

In the beautiful language of Denis Waitley: “Life is a holy temple under construction”. Life is a sanctuary under construction. Do not give up easily. Keep moving. The signs that are worth contemplating, look at the health and happiness of surrounding people. When they are healthy and happy, it’s a sign that the passing steps were right, and the journey ahead leads you into a convincing direction. This are the footsteps to a long and fulfilling life.

Author: Guruji Gede Prama.
Photo Courtesy: Twitter @ramblingsloa.
Proofread By: Kirsty Spence.

About the author

Gede Prama

Gede Prama started his spiritual journey through a dialogue with his symbolic Guru in a village at the north of Bali. The journey is then being enriched with his experiences of studying abroad, his meetings with the world greatest spiritual Gurus: His Holiness Dalai Lama, The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as Professor Karen Armstrong; and also being deepened by his intense meditation practices.

Despite the fact that he was once a CEO of a large corporation with thousand of employees, and was traveling abroad frequently for the purpose of teaching, yet, being deeply moved by the Bali bombing incident in 2002, he then decided to leave everything and went back to his home island.
He has never leave Bali for the past few years. In fact, he rarely leaves the silence of the forest where he lives, except for the purpose of teaching at the sacred sites within Bali.

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