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October Useletter on video: Thoughts on Life

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Quotations on Life

November 6, 2013

Mind Shift Master, Wolfgang Riebe shares various quotations by unknown authors on the meaning of Life.

April 2013 ‘Useletter’ from Wolfgang

April 1, 2013

Over the years this ‘Useletter’ has had many different ‘feels’ to it, some funny, others light-hearted, and some serious. Maybe that’s why it’s become so popular? Everything I write always comes from the heart and the ‘space’ I am in at the time of writing. I feed off the emails you send me coupled with what I see going on in the world at the time. A few days ago I started thinking about a topic for this month’s ‘Useletter’, and spontaneously I decided to shoot a Quick Tip video on life. As I began uploading the video, an email came through from a subscriber, Ron who over the years has always shared his thoughts with me. However, this time, the story he mailed me was exactly the topic I had just discussed on tape – how’s that for uncanny? It was a sign! Lately I have been thinking a lot about life, particularly my life and how fast the years have gone. As the big ‘Five-O’ approaches I have reached a point of reflection where I am taking stock and deciding whether I am happy with everything so far, and if not, what I am going to do about it. This self reflection has highlighted some very interesting life issues for me. 

But before I tackle the topic of life, many people send me emails with queries and requests, the new Quick Tip videos below are my responses to these mails – do enjoy!

Firstly, I was asked to do something on coping with regret – click here to view my new video with 5 tips on doing this. Someone also asked me to give some practical advice on goal achievement, something more realistic and achievable – so check out my tips of achieving realistic goals here

As a speaker, many people have asked me for advice and tips on public speaking, so guess what, click here for 15 Tips on professional speaking, plus a full speaking course.

 

LIFE

Click here to watch my ‘unrehearsed video on insights about life!

For everyone over 50, I think this Useletter it going to touch home. If you are in your twenties, I would suggest you try save this Useletter and read it again when you reach your 50’s. I can promise this – the day you read it you will know why I asked you to save it for all those years! Nevertheless, even if you are younger, read this edition slowly and try take in the depth of the message shared, for if you truly understand where I am coming from with this message, you will realise the importance of time and how you need to make the most of every moment. And if you are 50 or older I know this is going to hit home!

Is it just me or have you also noticed that time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware as the years pass by? It seems just yesterday that I was young, care free, just engaged and embarking on my new life with my mate. Even though it was 30 years ago, it doesn’t feel like eons ago. If I am honest, it feels like maybe 10 years ago maximum. I often wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all.  In fact I have tons of photos as reminders and glimpses of how it was back then, and of all my hopes and dreams. 

But here I am now, some would even call this the period of introspection – it has caught me by surprise! How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I clearly remember seeing older people and thinking this was years ahead of me – in fact it was so far off, I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like. 

I remember working with an elderly comedian on the cruise ships who told a joke about his youth and how his dad found certain actresses attractive, which he at the time as a youngster thought they were ugly. As he reached the same age of his dad at the time he found them attractive too. We used to laugh at this joke, but never fully comprehended the depth of it – today I think of my old friend often – as his words ring true as I am finding older woman really attractive too!

I met an old acquaintance at the circus yesterday. I hardly recognised him. I still joked and said, “My you’ve changed.” He looked at me and replied, “Your hair is all grey!” I turned around and thought he was talking about someone else! This is now my reality – all my friends are starting to think about retirement and getting grey! We move slower and people in our age group. When we talk about the world and what is happening to society and the youth… we sound like our parents!

Some of my friends are in better and some worse shape than me.  The young and vibrant people of my memories don’t exist anymore! Their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d be. I bought a birthday card for my oldest daughter recently who had just turned 16. As I began looking for the card I first stumbled on the Happy 50th cards. I looked at them and had the same thoughts I had when I was 16, “Wow, imagine being that old.” Then I realised, “Hey, that’s you!” This year alone I have been invited to eight 50th parties!

I remember socialising at events and having fun with those present – today I we savour the wine and whiskey, rather than gulp it down. Maybe because it takes us longer to recover if we don’t! I could open any bottle of cold drink, and any jam jar, no matter how tight the lid was screwed on – now I have to ask my 16 year old daughter to do it for me! This has resulted in us buying those can/jar openers as we still love our bodies and independence, instead of asking our kids to it! 

And so even I enter into this new season of my life, unprepared for all the aches and pains. Yes, even I have a few regrets and things I wish I had done/did differently. But there are also many many things I’m happy I did do. All in all I am content with my lot in life, however, should we have the opportunity to start all over again, we would have started sooner and would have done more. 

None of us, not even the youngsters, has the promise that we will see all the seasons of our life! Hence the importance of living in the moment and living for today and saying all the things we need/want our loved ones to remember.

Today I see many older people that are unhappy at their lot in life. This saddens me as I often think about my friends that have passed on already and realise that not everyone has the opportunity of getting older. So my first bit of advice if you are older – be grateful that you have reached this age!

I often think back of that old saying, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that is why it is called the present.”  Live in the moment and make the most of today, for every today well lived gives you a great memory of yesterday and something to look forward to tomorrow. Kinda makes sense huh?

Also, remember that today is the oldest that you have ever been in your life, but it is also the youngest that you will ever be!

This “Useletter’ is not meant to make you sad, but to inspire you that no matter what your age is, it ain’t over yet! I am just reaching the 2nd phase of my life and intend achieving twice as much as in the first half – you can do the same too!

Appreciate what life has taught you up to this point and enjoy the comfort that comes with being older. Let the following ‘plus’ factors bring a smile to your face:

✔ Going out is good, coming home is always better!

✔ You may forget names, but it’s okay because other people forgot they even knew you!

✔ Our confidence grows – we’ve been around the block.

✔ You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It’s called ‘pre-sleep’.

✔ You miss the days when everything worked with just an ‘ON’ and ‘OFF’ switch.

✔ We get better at relationships – we have more experience and we are comfortable with who we are and what we want out of life.

✔ You tend to use more 4 letter words, ‘what?’ and ‘when?’

✔ We start caring more about others – isn’t that the coolest thing ever?

✔ Now that you can afford expensive jewellery, you know that it’s not important to wear anymore.

✔ We become more sensual – the body may go but our souls have expanded and taught us to live in the now and appreciate life and love on a much deeper level.

✔ What used to be freckles are now liver spots.

✔ Everybody whispers.

✔ You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet – because you need a much bigger choice!

✔ It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. 

✔ We slow down, but we learn to appreciate more.

✔ But old is better in many things; old songs, old movies, and best of all, old friends!

Stay well and healthy, old friend! 

I’ll chat with you again next month!

Warmest regards

Wolfgang

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