Martina Navratilova, one of the most successful tennis players of all time, was once asked “How do you maintain your focus, physique and sharp game even at the age of 43?"
She gave a humble reply, “The ball doesn’t know how old I am”.
"You need to stop yourself from stopping yourself. Every game in life is actually played on a 6 inch ground – the space between your two ears. We don't live in bungalows, duplexes or flats. We live in our mind which is an unlimited area. Life is great when things are sorted and uncluttered there.
Keeping the mind messy with hatred growing on the table, regrets piling up in the corner, expectations boiling in the kitchen, secrets stuffed under the carpet and worries littered everywhere ruins this real home. The key factor to performing well in life and in every arena is the ability to control the quality and quantity of your “internal dialogue”. Performance is potential minus internal interference.
Start your day with a clean slate... Everyday is full of infinite possibilities."
I'm not sure who wrote the rest of the quote above but it really made an impact on me and I think it is so wise.
Every birthday is a blessing. Over time, ageing allows us to step into the fullness of our lives. We should not deny the moment, any of them. There is so much wisdom and beauty to be gained from experience over time. Those who celebrate every moment of their lives live as if it is a gift full of potential and joy. As Deepak says, how can we age if in pure consciousness there is no concept of time? Yet we mark years in the calendar or watch with worry as our bodies begin to change. By focusing on these external milestones, we're missing the true point of our lives - that we are alive to love and be loved.
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