Four Words That Make Life Worthwhile
An excerpt was sent to me many years ago entitled “Four Words that Make Life Worthwhile”.
Jim Rohn was always one of my very favorite motivational speakers. This short excerpt was from his weekend seminar in 2001. He explains that these four simple words have made life worth living for him.
Life is worthwhile if you learn. Actually, what we don’t know will hurt us. God tells us in his word, “My people are destroyed by a lack of knowledge.” We need to be constantly learning. Each of our experiences, positive or negative, can be learning tools. Other people’s experiences can also be valuable learning avenues for us. Even though “failures” don’t often give seminars, we could certainly learn from them, if they did. Other’s mistakes can teach us priceless lessons about what not to do without going through the pain of having tried and failed ourselves.
We learn by what we pay attention to. How many things do we miss because we aren’t paying attention? Can you count how many times the white team passes the basketball in this short video?
This dumbfounding study roughly a decade ago may seem hard to believe. I heard of this study at our church small group and found it at lifescience.com. It revealed that if people are asked to focus on a video of other people passing basketballs, about half of the watchers missed a person in a gorilla suit walking in and out of the scene thumping its chest.
Now research delving further into this effect shows that people who know that such a surprising event is likely to occur are no better at noticing other unforeseen events — and may even be worse at noticing them — than others who aren’t expecting the unexpected.
“These confounding findings from cognitive psychologists Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris detailed in a 1999 study revealed how people can focus so hard on something that they become blind to the unexpected, even when staring right at it. When one develops “inattentional blindness,” as this effect is called, it becomes easy to miss details when one is not looking out for them.” ~ LiveScience.com
“Although people do still try to rationalize why they missed the gorilla, it’s hard to explain such a failure of awareness without confronting the possibility that we are aware of far less of our world than we think,” Simons told LiveScience.
Life is worthwhile if you try. Try something to see if you can do it. What new skill can you try to learn? What are you doing now that you could try to do better? God tells us that “Faith without Action” is dead. Learning by itself won’t make a difference. We must learn and try.
Life will not be worthwhile if you quit in the middle of the game, of the project, or of the day. If you signed up, see it through.
Most importantly, ” You have to stay from spring until harvest.” ~ Jim Rohn
And lastly, life is worthwhile if you care. “If you care at all you will get some results. If you care enough you can get incredible results” Jim Rohn
What a difference we can make in our life if we put these four words to work: Learn, Try, Stay and Care.
Thank you Judy Jackson for sharing this many years ago.