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Road to Hana & Life

Written by Jerry Justice. Posted in Motivation

On Wednesday, I continued my visit to Maui by traveling the amazing Road to Hana. If you’re not familiar with it, the Hana Highway, as it is officially known, is a 68-mile stretch which connects Kahului with the town of Hana in east Maui. Although Hana is only about 52 miles away, it takes about 2.5 hours to drive each way with no stops because the highway is very winding and narrow and it passes over 59 bridges, 46 of which are only one lane wide. There are approximately 620 curves, virtually all of it through lush, tropical rainforest. It’s easily understood why it’s so popular with tourists because it is arguably one of the most beautiful sites Mother Nature offers!

As I made this trek (it took me about 7 hours with obligatory stops for banana bread, fresh coconut and star fruits!), I spent some time reflecting on how this adventure is a wonderful analogy to Life. It’s been said that the Road to Hana should never be rushed, it’s not about the destination but about the journey!

And that is so true about life in general, isn’t it? Life isn’t about rushing to a destination, about trying to get somewhere or achieve some major feat. It’s about savoring the moment, every day! As I was driving and saw all the memorials along the path, I was also reminded of a quote from Tony Gaskins that I had tweeted earlier this week: “Wake up MOTIVATED! Not everybody made it, so don’t take it for granted!”

Hana parallels life in many other ways too. 620 curves, so many of them almost complete switchbacks! When we get too comfortable in life and we think we know just where we’re going and how everything’s going to be, life throws us a curve, sometimes a very big one and sends us in a completely different direction!

Just as with Hana where you go around one of those curves and find yourself then staring at a waterfall that plummets hundreds of feet and the sheer beauty of it takes your breath away, so life sometimes will close one door but open a better one!

The 59 bridges to Hana, 46 only wide enough for one car to squeeze through, where you often have to yield to the oncoming traffic to clear before you can proceed, reminded me that life sometimes makes us wait and gives us timing we don’t always like or expect. It means waiting for someone else to do their part or to have their way or waiting for something else to happen first before our goals or expectations can proceed. From those experiences, we learn patience and humility.

The Road to Hana is literally abundant with so many amazing sites to see around every turn! Inspiring views of the surf crashing hundreds of feet below the narrow path you travel, lush rainforest so green and thick and vibrant, the faces of hardworking people working their lands. I thought how life gives us those opportunities everyday too, showing us so many sites to behold and people with whom we interact and the differences we make in each other’s lives. Sometimes it’s mentoring someone, sometimes it’s giving food to eat or a place to sleep, sometimes it’s as simple as giving a smile to someone who doesn’t expect it.

My challenge to you today is to take the time to greet someone you might normally walk past and have a genuine conversation with them! Really focus on learning things about them and what makes them uniquely interesting!

While you’re at it, break from your regular routine and do something special that causes you to appreciate something beautiful around you. Take the time to walk on the beach or through the woods. Go for a drive. Take in a play or a concert. Give back to a worthwhile cause!

Trust me, you’ll find it addictive!

Life Balance

Written by Jerry Justice. Posted in Motivation

As I write this entry, I am enjoying a brief respite on the incredibly beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii. My work has blessed me with incredible opportunities to travel to many countries from some of the most poverty stricken and to the most abundant. Travel changes you, it gives you a greater appreciation for your own life and a greater sense of obligation to help others with theirs.

This is my second visit to Maui. It is a place that affords so much tranquility and peace. No matter what may stress me, what may ail my body, what may tug at my heart, I love the way that Maui restores my sense of balance.

You probably have places that do that for you too. It doesn’t have to be far from home, it doesn’t have to be expensive or exotic. For some, it’s the gym and a hard workout to clear the mind. For others, it’s a nice walk, maybe alone or even with a close friend. Hobbies, sports, family…

I came to Maui this week because I sensed my life was getting out of balance again and an adjustment was needed. We’re all guilty of that at times, right? It’s not always conscious and rarely is it deliberate. It’s getting too busy with one or two parts of our lives and letting the other things suffer.

I ran across a wonderful passage of James Patterson in his book Roses Are Red where he wrote:

“Here’s a nice image for a life in balance,” she said. “You’re juggling these four balls that you’ve named work, family, friends, spirit. Now, work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it bounces back. The other balls they’re made of glass.”

“I’ve dropped a few of those glass balls in my day. Sometimes they chip, sometimes they shatter to pieces.”

Do you find that to be true? Work is always there! When you rest at night, it’s waiting for you the next morning. If you go away on vacation, it’s waiting for you when you return. Doesn’t always work that way with our family, friends or spirit though, does it?

My wish for you today is that you’ll take some time to reflect on your life at this moment and ask yourself if you feel in balance? Do you work so much that you don’t have time for anything else? Do the people in your life really know and feel how much you love them? What have you done to nurture your inner spirit lately? Do you listen to your body when it tells you it needs rest or when it needs less stress? Don’t be the one so caught up trying to build a better lifestyle that you miss building a better LIFE!

Three things you cannot recover in life: The moment after it’s missed, the word after it’s said and the time after IT’S WASTED!

Launch of Motivational Moments!

Written by Jerry Justice. Posted in General

Welcome to Motivational Moments, the blog of The Aspirations Institute, LLC! Thanks for stopping by!

First, an introduction to our company: TAI offers training & speeches to corporations, government, academia and non-profits on a variety of subjects including leadership, motivation, personal growth and development and technical training. Each of our presentations is customized to the host for content and length. Our faculty members are dynamic, supportive and ensure that our sessions, from a keynote address to a multi-day workshop, are highly interactive and fun! You can learn more about these services on our website.

Now, a note of explanation about this blog: one of the primary objectives of TAI is to encourage, motivate and challenge! We attempt to carry these themes throughout not only our speeches and training, but also in all of the other ways in which we may communicate. On Twitter (@TAIMotivations), we regularly share favorite quotes. In articles, we share information to educate and provoke you to think about things in different ways and from other perspectives. On our website, we share content, resources, books, etc. as even more tools you might find helpful in your personal or professional life journey.

With the Motivational Moments blog, we embark on an effort to share thoughts, excerpts from an interesting study, a story from the news, or other sources along with commentary around it to encourage you to interact with us, so share your comments! Share us with your friends! Let us know what you like, what you don’t and what you would enjoy even more!

Posts won’t always come from me. I will be inviting other Faculty members and guest authors to share their thoughts and ideas as well, so make us a regular part of your day and we’ll commit to be respectful of your time and do our best to give your day a boost!


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